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Updated October 23, 2014
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  1. Poor Management, No Growth Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy hours (9-5), good exposure to range of issues and events. Can get your name on reports which looks good for graduate school.

    Cons

    Very poor salary. No opportunities for personal growth unless you work in HR or operations, even then very limited. Management cares very little about junior staff and despite seeming like a great place for junior staff in terms of having debate clinics, leadership training, etc. very little of this actually translates into real opportunities. I felt very undervalued despite being a hard worker.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in junior staff. They are smart, bright and capable people. Give them more growth opportunities instead of paying so heavily for senior staffers who do so little.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great jumping off point, but no long term prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot
    Increase research abilities
    Good for networking

    Cons

    No long term prospects
    Depends what program you work for as to how much you'll enjoy it and learn

    Advice to Management

    Management is stretched thin and on the whole don't have time for junior staff

  3. Great mission, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant research directors, fantastic network opportunities, and unparalleled exposure to the foreign affairs community.

    Cons

    Shortsighted management, lack of institutional support for projects and implementation, terrible salaries with little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a medium-term career track for mid level employees, take reviews seriously, and think about how to manage down as well as up.

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