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Cato Institute Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best Employer I've Ever Had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Cato Institute has been easily been the employer I've had the pleasure to work under so far. Brilliant scholars, friendly, sociable staff, and everyone is really passionate about what they do. Never a day passes where I don't have a stimulating and thoughtful conversation with my colleagues.

    Cons

    Work is mostly rigid for support staff, so it's not a great place to grow as a professional. If you aren't already at the top of career as a policy scholar, you'll probably have to find a new employer if you want to move up in your field.

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    Summer Research Associate (intern)

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    Former Intern - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity
    Former Intern - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

    I worked at Cato Institute as an intern

    Pros

    the environment, bright-minded individuals, substantial work, mission

    Cons

    lots of in office work, but that's usually what accompanies a think tank

    Recommends
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    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great coworkers and bosses..unmatchable benefits!

    Cons

    Unused vacation days don't roll over to the next year. No cafeteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job! Continue doing what you do best!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Best Think Tank Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cato Institute

    Pros

    Cato was a fabulous place to intern. The full time staff are all so smart and helpful. Good compensation. Great work/life balance and happy hours most fridays!

    Cons

    There were no cons that I can think of to interning at Cato. Sometimes clerical/admin work was a little boring, but expected as intern duties.

  6.  

    Loved it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Institute (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Good learning experience, teaches you a lot about DC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Institute

    Pros

    It 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

    Cons

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

  8.  

    Good experience for the more committed

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

    I worked at Cato Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. 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

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Good experience, not many results

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Cato Institute as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the research to speak for itself.

  10.  

    Great place with a lot of smart people

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

    I worked at Cato Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Just 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.

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  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at Cato Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of entrepreneurial opportunities for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
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