AEI
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Updated Jun 24, 2014

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AEI President Christopher Demuth

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    A learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience, for a while

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe HR department is dysfunctional and distrusted.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSurrounded 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.

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

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    Great Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat, 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.

    ConsGreat environment for an internship

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    Very productive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to pursue individual projects

    ConsTeam could have been more cohesive.

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    Intellectual environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNone come to my mind.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new job quick.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great fall intern experience

    Fall Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsScholars who are like professors at university
    Access to numerous events, books, articles
    Provide resume reviews, mock interviews, intern meetings occasionally
    Gourmet-like free lunch for interns everyday! (Free breakfast as well -- bagels, special K cereals, naked juice, chobani, fresh fruits etc)

    ConsNon-paid
    Extremely competitive and almost impossible to get a full time offer for interns

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wished they would pay for our metro fees at least..:)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood vacation time, management leaves you alone most of the time to do your work

    ConsDysfunctional company with 1960s mentality. Still use typewriters and word perfect. Only recently bought a scanner for one of their employees. Top two managers are in competition with each other to run the company, and all innovative ideas get quickly squashed by arrogance. Company is moving backwards, not forwards. Extremely dry sponge in need of any drop of water.

    Advice to Senior Managementnot even worth it, they won't listen anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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