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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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3.9 10 reviews

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Cato Institute President & CEO John A. Allison

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Loved it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocation, opportunities to learn, low turnover, everyone is supportive, parking available, decent benefits, nice building

    ConsDifficult to move up, top leadership is set in their ways but also open to helping others with new projects.

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

     

    Good learning experience, teaches you a lot about DC

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is what you make of it - you can get involved in some cool projects the scholars are working on if you're proactive, but you can also bandwagon if you want to be lazy

    ConsDidn't feel like such a supportive workplace culture, I felt like I had my guard up and couldn't trust other employees

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    Good experience for the more committed

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros1. A variety of research avenues.
    2. Great scholars
    3. Excellent opportunities for those committed to the libertarian movement

    Cons1. Be sure about what you want to work on. In many cases, you would have to build your own project.
    2. Make sure that you are committed to the ideas and ideals of Cato

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience, not many results

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros1. Work culture is relaxed and friendly.
    2. Scholars are experts in their fields and easily approachable.
    3. Other interns are smart and passionate.

    Cons1. No cafetaria or parking.
    2. Excessive ideological commitment is at times a distraction from central research.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the research to speak for itself.

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    Great place with a lot of smart people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIf you're interested in politics at all, Cato is a great place to learn while you work. There are plenty of opportunities for lively discussions and debates, and while the business of Cato is very mission-oriented, the atmosphere is very academic. Most of the people are very dedicated to the mission.

    ConsA small minority of the policy staff have pretty big egos, and they can be difficult to work with. The pay isn't very good, but it is a non-profit. Sometimes resources seemed to be wildly misallocated to foolhardy pursuits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because a policy scholar thinks something is a great idea doesn't mean it is a remotely appropriate thing to pursue. Some better vetting of proposals for endeavors that will inevitably cost sponsor money should be put in place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsCato is a well-run, highly effective nonprofit organization that made me feel like I was doing my part to promote the cause of liberty.

    ConsLack of entrepreneurial opportunities for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall it was very positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues were fantastic, lots of opportunities to grow

    ConsSalary was quite low, but this is to be expected

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

     

    It is a libertarian playground of ideas

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsLike-minded co-workers, flexible work environment, passion for the job

    Conssometimes a tendency to want to have a single message on policy matters

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for more freedom of discussion

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree Libertarian Environment in the building

    Consno cons i can think of

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

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    Stay away!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosyou get to make your own schedule MOST of the time

    Consit is completely not worth the trouble

    Advice to Senior ManagementSTAY AWAY

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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