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A learning experience

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

I worked at AEI as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Free lunch, surrounded by and working with very intellectual people, many events and hearings to attend (usually free)

Cons

I was only an intern for a few months, so I don't have very much to say about cons other than they don't pay their interns. I think one extremely important "con" that should be noted, though it comes with the industry, is that AEI is very right winged (partisan) and very outward about it. If you're not a borderline tea partier, you're not going to feel like you fit in very well.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A wonderful place to start a career in public policy, academia, or government work.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture at AEI can't be beat. Especially among the entry-level employees, there is such positivity in the workplace that it makes being at work much more enjoyable. Because all the entry-level employees are within 1-3 years age of one another, and because many of them are DC-transports, everyone is social and looking for friends. Hard work and good results are extremely valued at AEI - it is definitely a meritocracy. If you work hard and complete quality work, you will be recognized for it. Arthur Brooks and David Gerson (President and Vice President, respectively) truly care about the employees and have a strong commitment to the values AEI stands for, and it's evident in the way they run the ship.

    Cons

    AEI is most definitely a political place. Regardless of being officially non-partisan, they are 100% conservative, Republican, neo-con, etc. If that side of the spectrum is not where your viewpoints lie, it can be a stifling environment. Your experience there also heavily depends on the department in which you work. In conferences and development departments, the work is menial. Your function is purely to secure donations and make AEI look successful - very nonpartisan, but boring. In the policy area departments, it very much depends on who the Resident Scholar is. The hours are long, crazy, and the work never, ever stops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a much higher level of awareness of the problem-personalities in the office.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, for a while

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AEI full-time

    Pros

    For a just out of college twenty something, its a great place to be.

    Cons

    There's no upside potential, so RAs cycle out fairly quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The HR department is dysfunctional and distrusted.

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