A.I.S., Inc. Employee Reviews

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Don’t do it
Northeast Fisheries Observer (Current Employee) –  Marion, MAJune 20, 2018
AIS provides a very sugar coated and deceptive description of what it is like to work as an observer for them. They will describe many things about the work and themselves that sound great but they will almost never follow through (even though they expect you to follow through with everything for them). It is as though they really do not care about their employees. The only real hook is the benefits package. If you have to do it, stay the year they ask for and get out. They will not tell you that almost no one stays the full year
Pros
Benefits package
Cons
No work/life balance, disrespectful employers, poor management
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a typical day
North Pacific Groundfish Observer (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WA 98133July 21, 2017
When out at sea depending on the season you work 4-13 hours a day. You take samples of fish and collect biological data. Once you get back to shore you enter your data and are free to roam Alaska until your next boat. Unless you have other work to do.
Pros
health benefits, travel
Cons
away from family
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Great place to work
Wildlife Biologist (Current Employee) –  Gloucester, MASeptember 23, 2015
Management is very pleasant and knowledgeable, training is intensive and appropriate for the job. Work is solitary, aside from being alongside fishermen who are doing other types of work. Work is sometimes scarce.
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AIS Inc
North Pacific Groundfish Observer (Former Employee) –  Gulf of Alaska / Bering SeaSeptember 29, 2014
There is no typical day at work as an observer. AIS at the time of this review, has a contract to deploy observers on the smaller fishing boats in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Days can either be spent in port waiting for another boat assignment or out at sea collecting data.
Time in port is usually spent with other observers who enjoy a myriad of activities such as hiking or sports during the daytime and going out to dinner or to a bar at night. At sea, a majority of the time is spent collecting and analyzing data. At sea, an observer can spend anywhere from 6 to 15 hours a day sampling and analyzing data.
Management comes either from AIS, who tell the observers where to go, coordinate their trips, and tell them which boat to board, and from the National Marine Fisheries Service who receive and review observer data and are normally on hand to answer any questions that might arise that are not covered in the observer manual.
The hardest part of the job is not working 15+ hour days at times, but being away from home and family for over 3 months. Observers working for AIS are sent out on 90 day deployments that have them move around the Gulf of Alaska, far from their normal family and friends.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the scenery. Alaska is a beautiful state and, when the opportunity arises, it is extremely enjoyable to explore the countryside.
Pros
Good pay, great benefits, nice scenery
Cons
occasional long days/weeks. long times away from home
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A great opportunity for gaining experience in various biological and environmental field work
Fisheries Technician, Observer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 5, 2014
A typical day in the field is boarding a small commercial fishing vessel to live and work on for a limited number of days. The conditions will often be cold, wet, dirty, smelly, cramped, and very dangerous. The various crews you will work with may be friendly, indifferent toward you, or possibly hostile. One must have a thick skin and have the ability to be diplomatic, since your work objectives often conflict with those of the crew.

The companies management works from afar. You will only check in with them when needed. They help you keep track of work hours and make most of your travel arrangements. They are generally friendly and are sympathetic to your working conditions.
Pros
Great benefits: health, dental, profit sharing, etc...
Cons
Difficult working conditions in the field.
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Great for kids coming out of college and no one else
Endangered Species Observer (Current Employee) –  New Bedford, MASeptember 9, 2013
AIS is a great company for your first job coming out of college, when you do not have pets or in a committed relationship. Being a fisheries observer is a huge adventure but it robs you of a social life because you cannot make plans with friends while employed because you never know when you are going to be called out on a trip.
Pros
Get to see things very few other people get to aboard commercial fishing vessels
Cons
Can't make plans outside of work
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