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AEI Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
29 Reviews
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    Research Intern

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

    I have been working at AEI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Free breakfast and lunch
    -Brownbag speakers
    - Working with the best and the brightest
    - Great building with great work culture

    Cons

    - Difficult to become an assistant although possible
    - Interns don't have as substantial work as they want, but its still a lot better then other places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Internship

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people, great food benefits for interns, great place to get cutting-edge work experience.

    Cons

    Wish that our softball team was better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Intern- Economics

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

    I have been working at AEI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some really awesome people. People here are serious about what they do. YOu can learn lot of new skills. And an AWESOME lunch Kobe steak, Crab ...)

    Cons

    This place is definitely partisan (right wing). This is not so much the case in the economics departments. ALSO you gotta work for free or for the food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work

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

    I worked at AEI full-time

    Pros

    Best-in-class public policy challenges.

    Cons

    Salaries for assistant cadre laughably low considering that they raise well over their operating budget every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    AEI is a good place to work yet ignore problems arising out of gossipers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, somewhat flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Not addressing gossip up front in the open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there are complaints from another potential competing employee about another employee, address it directly with the employee instead.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Interesting intern work with no chance for employment

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AEI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intern opportunities allowed me to do research on relevant current events, polish presentation skills during briefings, and attend meetings on the Hill. The staff is generally invested in building skills with interns, as it will increasing their team's productivity, so there are opportunities to learn skills with software systems and other valuable systems. Interns also get free breakfast and lunch everyday, so you will save quite a bit of money even though you aren't getting paid.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities to gain visibility with senior staff, conduct analysis, or gain full-time employment. The organization also leans extremely right-of-center, which can have a number of negative consequences. First, you might not feel as though you fit in if you aren't of the same political ideology. Second, and most important, the organization's reputation is very present in DC and you will be judged if you tell people you interned/worked/walked into the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be more willing to give interns the opportunity to produce analytical work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10. 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 (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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 (less than an 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

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