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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.

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    Great perks and people, young coworkers, uninteresting work

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    Former Employee - Test Development  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Test Development in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    nurturing environment, great coworkers, company is interested in your feedback, great perks and team development events.

    Cons

    Little variety in the work, often difficult to get feedback on your work, company relies heavily on temp labor.

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    It's important to not only ask for feedback from your employees, but also to give your employees feedback on their work.

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