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Great place to get your feet wet in social science and policy research, but not a career destination.

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Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)

I worked at American Institutes for Research

Pros

Getting hands on experience with social science research. Having a structured process for academic work that will prepare you for graduate school or make proper use of the methods and techniques learned in academia

Cons

Salary pales in comparison to what your private sector colleagues will be making. There is definitely a glass ceiling based on your degree and pedigree. While one person with a Master's Degree has made it to the highest pay grade, that person is the exception, not the example.

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Learn how to transition business operations in light of changes associated with retirement of the founders and most experienced group leaders. The dissolve of one department over the last few years is a key example of what happens when one group leader leaves and there is no contingency plan or an insufficiently broad client base.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do as you say, not as you do.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    Some colleagues are great, but others have no respect for you as a person with obligations outside of the office.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from headquarters & sr management to lower level workers

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    Communication of problems or feedback from clients needs to be immediate and constructive. You say there should be no surprises at review, but they seem to come up every time.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great day to day, problematic supervisor interactions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and environment. Good flexibility. Generous company supported outings and break room amenities. Dedicated green team. Bagel Wednesdays. Good location. Makes efforts to be more bike-friendly.

    Cons

    In facilities, micro-managing from supervisor combined with little to no feedback from supervisor when issues that required their input arose. Received backlash each time I went around or over supervisor from supervisor to resolve outstanding issues, sometimes months old, that could have been moved forward with a simple email response. Co-workers seemed aware of situation when I arrived and all counseled "keep your head down."

    When not dealing with outstanding issues of their backlash, was always told I was doing a good job, up to the point my contract was not renewed with no explanation.

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    Perform reviews on middle management by seeking feedback from those under them.

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