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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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3.9 35 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Council on Foreign Relations President and Director Richard N. Haass

Richard N. Haass

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to begin a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart, interesting, driven people. personal room for growth in academic field of choice. Great benefits.

    Conslow pay. thats about it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay junior staff more and you might get a little more retention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Loved it here!

    Volunteer Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI absolutely loved the atmosphere here. It's such a very welcoming place to work. Everything is super efficient as well. There's a distinct workflow for everything, which is fantastic.

    ConsAs an intern, it felt a little difficult to be taken seriously by the other interns because I didn't come from an Ivy like the rest of them. There does seem to be a "prestigious" attitude throughout the company. Despite that, people are friendly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't expect to go anythwere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent network, great events, really smart people.

    ConsInterns should be prepared to take a lot of initiative, everyone is busy and won't tell you what to do beyond the bare minimum. CFR.org was filled with grumpy journalists looking to go elsewhere and they don't suffer naive interns gladly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMentoring at the very least for interns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Global Health Intern

    Global Health Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWork on interesting topics, opportunities to attend roundtable and professional development events; great to put on a resume

    ConsAll interns are put in one basement room with little opportunity to interact with others at the organization, apart from the occasional Roundtables that we are allowed to attend. Also, it's unpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake an effort to interact with your interns. The Research Associates do a good job of this, but I only met the Fellow for whom I was interning once.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to park as a senior staffer. For junior staff, it's a great place to learn, but just for a few year stopover

    Research Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is probably the best place in the world for a foreign policy/national security oriented young person to learn by watching and listening. Keep your eyes and ears open and soak up the exposure to serious, strategic thinkers and operators. Also, enjoy the access to incredible meetings, and the cornucopia of free sandwiches.

    ConsJunior staff are generally under-utilized and under-employed given their talent level, and depending on who they are working for, they may be under-appreciated as well. In the studies department (the think tank side of the business) the junior staffers are nominally working for CFR, but really they are working for whatever senior fellow is their boss. This can be good or bad, depending entirely on the quality of that working relationship. Also, CFR's organizational culture confuses being serious with being humorless, which makes the place stuffier and more imperious than necessary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate opportunities for research associates to become "junior fellows" so there is something between the two tiers of employment. Offer a matching contribution to research associates' retirement savings--they get paid so little that it would barely cost the organization, and it would be a nice gesture and would encourage good lifetime habits, especially since for many this is their first real post-college job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for short-term and name recognition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat for resume, good company culture and benefits. Growth potential and career opportunities vary greatly by department, but they tend to promote within.

    ConsDifficult to move up and avoid red tape because of non-profit status. Entry to Mid level salaries are low.

     

    Great Environment!

    Research Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI loved working there, everyone is extremely helpful and fabulous!

    ConsThere were no cons to having this job.

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    Great Learning Experience.

    Volunteer Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsExposure to different avenues of IR and research careers.

    ConsIsolated work environment made things a bit tedious.

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    The best and oldest foreign relations think tank in the United States--and it shows.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of great opportunities to meet and work with experts in their field. A tremendous organization to be a part of with a meaningful mission.

    ConsThe 92 year old organization can be a little quiet and isolated. It wasn't uncommon to go entire days without speaking more than a few words to co-workers.

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

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    Awesome place to work as a Military Fellow

    Military Fellow (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is one of those opportunities that if they come at you in life…..TAKE IT! If you're in the military and you have a year available, post O-6 command, go spend it in Manhattan thinking big thoughts and learning about things outside of the military

    ConsNot a single one that I can think of. Great people, great leadership, great opportunities to meet and experience people outside of the military.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

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

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