A company providing services for communities worldwide
Assessment Editor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – April 30, 2013
The AIR assessment staff have interesting jobs. A typical day for editors would involve reading and editing test questions for standardized tests; proofreading client-approved materials; and editing letters and booklets to go to parents, teachers, principals, and school boards. Editing graphics includes size, placement on the page, and consistency throughout test booklets by state. Proposals, statistical reports, and articles targeted for journal submission help round out the day. Co-workers are pleasant and happy to help each other. Management is effective, but not looking over everyone's shoulder. The hardest part of the day is when work runs out; the best is when piles of work to be done are sitting, waiting, aching to be done.
flexible work schedule, tons of benefits, positive culture, generous salaries
ASCM NOC (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – March 2, 2016
I was let go by the VP, just because I installed FileZilla Software and the installation happened under IT service desk supervision and ticketed and for some reason my laptop was infected.
I was hired as a temp for among with 5 other temps, after one year they hired 3 female as a full time and the hiring was not based on qualification other than who do you know in the department. The other 2 male temp who are still temp they know way more than others, but just because they don't have anyone and they are guys.
One of the converters has the experience but the other 2 has nothing to do with IT ( Assesment Department)
If you are a temp or a contractor you are second degree Citizen I have never felt this disrespected during my career like I felt at AIR.
A typical day involves working 8:00am-4:30pm, training small groups of scorers on rubrics for scoring assessments. Management provides a relaxed atmosphere and lots of schedule flexibility. The compensation is also adequate. The only downside is that scoring projects aren't always happening, so there will often be weeks, even months at a time where no work is available. This job is best for people looking for supplementary income, or who are between jobs and need temporary income.
Graphic designer (Current Employee) – Washington DC – March 31, 2015
I love the location, The work environment is really good and they make nice parties and activities for the employees. They are flexible with the work hours and also you can work from home when the weather is no too good. They don't have a dress code, what is really comfortable. The people who work there is really nice The bad part is that the payments are not really good and the company have long period of times when the work is really slow.
Good work environment, flexible hours, not dress code, Good location
salary is not too good, the work can be hard and suddenly really slow.
Item Writer II (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – December 2, 2014
Management has absolutely no idea how the regular day to day work is done (and will impose arbitrary changes without consulting the tams as to how this will affect their work process. For a salaried 40 hour work week, it is not uncommon to end up working 60. Because the rate of people quitting vastly outweighs the people getting hired, job security is good. The work environment is pleasant; a shared misery attitude where everyone pulls more than their weight because they don't want to let down their coworkers
Network/System Support Engineer Tier II (Current Employee) – Virginia – April 28, 2016
AIR is a place you can develop yourself and gives flexibility by not thinking outside the box but thinking like there is no box. There a lot of seasoned individual who support you in case there is a gridlock on case you are working on.
Item Writer, Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 10, 2014
I felt good about working at AIR. I thought the standardized tests we were developing were fair and of much better quality than the ones I had in school.
We were using software to emulate artistic applications, which was something that has never been done before in standardized testing. Not only that, but AIR is the only company to be developing tests for the visual arts.
I worked hard and got along well with most everyone. There were some concerns I had about the management, but they never got in the way of me doing my job, and receiving much praise in the process.
When the project was coming to an end, my services were no longer needed and I declined a management position because I felt I was not ready to be in charge of other people.
not-for-profit, free coffee and soda, friendly people
inefficient management, unnecessary stress implied on temp employees
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – October 20, 2015
I worked as temporary stuff for the assessment department in this non-profit organization. Because of my temporary status, I didn't have my own office as other formal employees. Although my title for the position was research assistant, my daily duty and responsibility didn't seem to have much relationship with research or analysis. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed my job working alongside my colleagues and learning from them. I made a really good friend from this job and had a excellent and intelligent leader.
Awesome work/life balance, everything else is lackluster
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – April 18, 2012
Work with people interested in what their doing and are generally interesting. Great work life balance... not expected to put in crazy long hours (only on rare occasion). Lots of food leftover from meetings. Management is pretty hit or miss. Terrible corporate structure for advancement - hardly merit based. Benefits are alright, but salary is terrible.
good work life balance, frequent free food, everyone has an office
poor management, low salary, little opportunity for advancement, sometime terrible clients
Some great, highly talented people doing socially important work
Sr. Operations Director (Former Employee) – Frederick, MD – January 15, 2013
AIR has some of the most talented, dedicated people I've had the pleasure to work with on education, health, and other topics. Very generous benefits, especially after 10 years. Generally conservative management which has yet to figure out how to overcome the silo effect of a multitude of individual contracts and realize some true advantages of scale one would expect from an organization of this size. Focus is on government contracting at federal and state levels.
Communications and marketing (Former Employee) – Health division – March 17, 2012
Though some of the work is interesting, and the benefits aren't bad, upper management has no respect for those at lower levels--treating them as suspect resources to be chewed up without any serious prospect of advancement (unless you're the favorite of the right supervisor).
good healthcare, fairly flexible in terms of schedule
no respect, incompetence rewarded, little challenge, no internal communication, no cohesion
In regards to your post, I am considering applying for an open position at AIR for a Health Communications Assistant. Was this the position you held or similar? What can I expect from this job?
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Senior Researcher (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – October 21, 2014
Excellent benefits. Promotion system needs an overhaul. Promotions rely too heavily on business development rather than taking into consideration what individuals are really skilled at and writing proposals may not be their strongest skill set.
Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 27, 2016
Recently, AIR laid off over 30 employees within less than 24 hours time without any sort of warning. Several of the people who were laid off had been with the company for over 10 years, yet their career at AIR was over in an instant. Even worse, many project directors and staff managers had no idea what was happening and had to scramble to get the leftover work done when the employees who were laid off suddenly disappeared without being able to turn in their deliverables...The whole thing was a management nightmare, and the employees left behind are now unsettled, demoralized, and live in constant fear that another round of layoffs will occur whereby they'll lose their jobs. In addition, AIR hires people based on a certain area of expertise or skill set that individuals have that they think will be put to use. Though once most people land a job there, they immediately find out that their job security and stability depends on getting a certain percentage of their time covered on numerous projects, many of which may be completely unrelated to their skill set.
Promotions only occur for individuals based on cronyism and favoritism from upper management, and has little to do with whether a person has been there for a long time or actually does their job well. I honestly am surprised to see so many people on here are stating that AIR provides a pleasant and collaborative working environment--it doesn't!!! Overall, it's a very toxic work environment with a serious lack of diversity among upper management, which is both shameful and ironic given that the so-called mission of themore... company is to improve the lives of the "disadvantaged". On the whole, the only people that get help improving their lives at AIR are well-educated, well-connected individuals from historically advantaged groups who find their ways into cliques with upper management.
The best advice most employees, particularly those from historically underrepresented, marginalized groups, is to stay for a short while while learning all that you can, and do your best for as long as you're able to deal with the constant lack of upward mobility, belittlement, and consistently biased treatment from upper management. And if someone is abusive or treating you poorly once you land a job there, don't even think about going to HR for help. Almost everyone in the company knows that HR is a joke primarily built to protect upper management no matter how egregious their behavior.less
Nice location, free bagels on Wednesdays
Non-collaborative and hostile work environment with little room for promotion.
Web Developer (Former Employee) – Silver Spring, Maryland – September 3, 2013
Did not have the greatest leaders but my coworkers were passionate about the company. If you did not have a good manager your career growth was limited. Culture is fun and vibrant...never a dull moment