Atlantic Council of the United States

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Atlantic Council of the United States Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
20 Reviews
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Atlantic Council of the United States President & CEO Frederick Kempe
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  1.  

    Interesting work, great connection, busy schedule, low pay.

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

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great contact with senior officials in and out of government. Senior people at the Council are very willing to make introductions and use their networks to support junior staff.

    Cons

    Long work hours, no pay for interns, and junior staff is all overworked and underpaid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    not a bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nimble fast high energy fast paced quick connections

    Cons

    sometimes too many things happening and one loses focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look within than outside....employees need to be retained.....

  3.  

    Great opportunity to get experience in DC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a great place to start building a network in DC and get exposed to a lot of relevant issues related to the trans Atlantic alliance. Depending on the center there is a lot of opportunity to take on additional responsibility and explore your interests while contributing to the policy dialogue.

    Cons

    Like all think tanks in DC there is limited growth opportunities. The experience is completely program/center dependent. While come directors are very good, others can block opportunities that you would normally expect working at a think tank. Publishing through their mechanisms are is also a very cumbersome process that doesn't necessarily ensure better quality.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Organization thinks it is more important than it is.

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

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    --Lots of areas of research
    --Opportunity to work with different programs
    --Access to high profile events
    --Pays for international travel for some employees
    --Tends to promote from within

    Cons

    --Very (and unnecessarily) hierarchical
    --Senior management detached and out of touch
    --Poor compensation
    --Glut of junior people competing for small amount of mid-level promotions
    --Organization overestimates its importance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In addition to improving compensation, try to flatten the hierarchy and make the organization more open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States

    Pros

    Good for someone starting out or free internship, because it does give boost to the CV.

    Cons

    Salaries are low for the regular staff, no life/work balance and no possibility to advance within the company. Management is overloading staff with work (think emails at 1 am to be answered).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to know about international relations

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

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very high quality staff and networking opportunities

    Cons

    what you learn depends largely on yourself and your leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good, keep growing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well educated and eclectic group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid but it is understandable since it is a non-profit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to meet senior level politicians, diplomats, military personnel and think tank leadership. Interesting projects. Steady promotions. Room to grow. Friendly staff and leadership. A lot of responsibility is given to young staff. If you prove yourself and work hard, you will get more interesting work and will be considered a valuable asset.

    Cons

    Compensation is barely competitive. If you stay too long, you won't be able to make the transition to another industry and will remain a think tank employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All in all, not much room for improvement. Within a few years, this think tank will surely be able to compete with the big three in DC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely fine as an internship - potential is great, especially if you do not do a summer internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, interesting sessions, and opportunity to get your name on publications

    Cons

    A bit too hierarchical and slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not string unpaid interns along for months with half promises of employment that never arises

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A very positive professional development experience as a senior fellow in the International Security Program

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

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time

    Pros

    Full of pros from Dover in many subject areas. Inside track on senior national security and international affairs decision making. An enriching and rewarding experience that will make me a better security professional for years to come.

    Cons

    Organization's focus at times seems fractured, trying to be too many things at once. The organization seems to be following trendy areas and monetary endowments (understandable) but drifting away from its core missions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and get visible all the time to the people who do the day to day work of the organization. I often felt the CEO was unavailable or unwilling to lead the work force because they were not equal to his status. Focus up and out, but don't forget down and in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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