AEI Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
23 Reviews
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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEI as an intern

    Pros

    I really liked the purpose of the company- to promote free enterprise. I enjoyed working with many other young interns like myself. There are many driven students and employees at AEI who are very passionate about what they do and the purpose of the company, which is to promote free enterprise. Most of my work focused on researching policies that promote free enterprise and publishing information. I felt that AEI was much more socially liberal than anticipated. I liked how we didn't focus on social issues at all. The primary focus is free enterprise. Also, amazing free gourmet buffet every day.

    Cons

    I wish there had been more training. Also, I would have liked to make some money because D.C. is an expensive city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart people, enjoyable and exciting work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll work with smart, incredibly dedicated people in every department. The office culture that encourages significant contributions from even its youngest staff (you'll be expected to contribute ideas about the direction of research projects and programs--not just follow orders and protocols). There are a lot of young people who actually enjoy socializing together. Best of all, you'll feel a sense of mission and purpose walking through the doors every day.

    Cons

    People here tend to lean to the "work" side of "work-life balance", but that's why you're at AEI--because you care about what we're doing enough to put in a little extra.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch, surrounded by and working with very intellectual people, many events and hearings to attend (usually free)

    Cons

    I was only an intern for a few months, so I don't have very much to say about cons other than they don't pay their interns. I think one extremely important "con" that should be noted, though it comes with the industry, is that AEI is very right winged (partisan) and very outward about it. If you're not a borderline tea partier, you're not going to feel like you fit in very well.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A wonderful place to start a career in public policy, academia, or government work.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company culture at AEI can't be beat. Especially among the entry-level employees, there is such positivity in the workplace that it makes being at work much more enjoyable. Because all the entry-level employees are within 1-3 years age of one another, and because many of them are DC-transports, everyone is social and looking for friends. Hard work and good results are extremely valued at AEI - it is definitely a meritocracy. If you work hard and complete quality work, you will be recognized for it. Arthur Brooks and David Gerson (President and Vice President, respectively) truly care about the employees and have a strong commitment to the values AEI stands for, and it's evident in the way they run the ship.

    Cons

    AEI is most definitely a political place. Regardless of being officially non-partisan, they are 100% conservative, Republican, neo-con, etc. If that side of the spectrum is not where your viewpoints lie, it can be a stifling environment. Your experience there also heavily depends on the department in which you work. In conferences and development departments, the work is menial. Your function is purely to secure donations and make AEI look successful - very nonpartisan, but boring. In the policy area departments, it very much depends on who the Resident Scholar is. The hours are long, crazy, and the work never, ever stops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a much higher level of awareness of the problem-personalities in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, for a while

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time

    Pros

    For a just out of college twenty something, its a great place to be.

    Cons

    There's no upside potential, so RAs cycle out fairly quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The HR department is dysfunctional and distrusted.

    Approves of CEO
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    As an intern, the hours and people were solid -- the pay, not so much.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEI

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people, in a nice office with top-flight amenities, work at AEI is often stimulating and always pleasant. There are a lot of great events -- including talks, panel discussions, and visiting presentations from scholars and politicians alike -- and the food selection (which is complementary) is excellent.

    Cons

    Salary was low -- in my case, as a full-time intern, it was nothing.

    Approves of CEO
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    Great Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEI

    Pros

    Great, collegial environment. Exposure to very smart and influential people. Many interns do significant work which impacts the work being produced. Best internship experience I have had. And amazing free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Great environment for an internship

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    Very productive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEI

    Pros

    Ability to pursue individual projects

    Cons

    Team could have been more cohesive.

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    Intellectual environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEI

    Pros

    Engaging environment with a unique push to encourage and foster intellectual growth among employees and in the work done for external audiences.

    Cons

    None come to my mind.

  11.  

    This company is only out for themselves, DO NOT CARE about employees, they are just numbers!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEI for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good money can be made only if you are a favorite of the boss.

    Cons

    Where do I start, they could care less if your a person or a thing to be tossed out like the trash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new job quick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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