Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Great opportunities to meet scholars and politicians from across the world (in 3 reviews)

  • Very interesting work and collegial atmosphere with engaging co-workers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Management cares very little about junior staff and despite seeming like a great place for (in 4 reviews)

  • Full time positions are not plentiful and sometimes the work will make you lose a little steam because interns are everywhere (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Poor Management, No Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy hours (9-5), good exposure to range of issues and events. Can get your name on reports which looks good for graduate school.

    Cons

    Very poor salary. No opportunities for personal growth unless you work in HR or operations, even then very limited. Management cares very little about junior staff and despite seeming like a great place for junior staff in terms of having debate clinics, leadership training, etc. very little of this actually translates into real opportunities. I felt very undervalued despite being a hard worker.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in junior staff. They are smart, bright and capable people. Give them more growth opportunities instead of paying so heavily for senior staffers who do so little.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great jumping off point, but no long term prospects

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot
    Increase research abilities
    Good for networking

    Cons

    No long term prospects
    Depends what program you work for as to how much you'll enjoy it and learn

    Advice to Management

    Management is stretched thin and on the whole don't have time for junior staff


  3. Great mission, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant research directors, fantastic network opportunities, and unparalleled exposure to the foreign affairs community.

    Cons

    Shortsighted management, lack of institutional support for projects and implementation, terrible salaries with little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a medium-term career track for mid level employees, take reviews seriously, and think about how to manage down as well as up.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work...for a while

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At CSIS, you are always dealing with very interesting and important issues. It is definitely nice getting paid to take an objective look at some of our nation's most important problems.

    Cons

    This is not a long-term career. Unless you have a Ph.D. and are a leader in your field, you will never be a scholar. Basically, you will never advance beyond an assistant position in which a significant portion of your time is filled with administrative work.

    Advice to Management

    Research associates should receive more competitive pay. Also, the organization should better utilize associates' expertise, which is often pretty considerable.


  6. Life-changing internship. Apply here.

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

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible smart and engaging coworkers. Nonpartisan analysis to real threats. Limited grunt work.

    Cons

    None. This internship was amazing

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a more effective internship-to-job pipeline. All of the interns that I worked with would have loved to come back, but almost none were offered job opportunities.


  7. associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, very intellectually stimulating environment. Flexible work environment, willing to consider various ideas for support strategies. opportunities for travel to various points around the globe.

    Cons

    don't really have anything negative to say. Pay could be higher, I suppose. Fairly limited opportunities for advancement to higher levels, but to some extent, it is what you make it.

    Advice to Management

    provide even more opportunities for more employees to attend conferences in other areas of the globe. This will provide more global perspective that will further the overall work of the organization.


  8. Overall great place to intern if you're trying to learn about a new area of interest.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    CSIS seems to genuinely care about helping interns grow professionally.

    Cons

    No major cons that I can name.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great office with like-minded, very intelligent, and knowledgeable people!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am in a regional office so have gotten to really strengthen my knowledge of that region. The directors and senior staff at CSIS are very smart, well-connected, and approachable. The overall atmosphere of CSIS is very dynamic and laid-back. They do a good job at fostering the feeling of being part of a community.

    Cons

    The work can be a little monotonous and some days are a bit slow, but I feel like that that is the nature of working at a think tank. not all full-time internships are paid.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a standard amount of pay for all full-time interns, regardless of office. Otherwise, really enjoy working at CSIS.


  10. Interns are Valued Members of Team

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interns aren't just given busy work

    Cons

    Difficult to get back into company following graduation

    Advice to Management

    A bit more of a mechanism for Interns to get back in as employees would be helpful


  11. Great work environment, little room for advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great events with high-level policymakers, competent staff

    Cons

    Little room for transition into full-time, positions are usually acquired internally

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!



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