American Institutes for Research - Great place to get your feet wet in social science and policy research, but not a career destination. | Glassdoor.com.au
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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)
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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.

Advice to Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for American Institutes for Research

  1. Helpful (5)

    "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)

    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

    Advice to Management

    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. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    401K matching and upward mobility. If you work hard, you will be promoted.

    Cons

    Expectation is you will leave to go to grad school if you are a Research Assistant or Associate.

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