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a good place for entry level staff

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

I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States

Pros

good environment for those interested in foreign affairs
lots of responsibilities - opportunities to learn if you are a junior staff
nice coworkers

Cons

policies are still in works
lack of transparency from senior management
uneven compensation among employees
micromanagement

Advice to ManagementAdvice

more trust in program directors to manage their staff, more transparency, better communication

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States

    Pros

    mostly young, dynamic staff with international experience. Regular hours, and program directors who are truly experts in their respective areas.

    Cons

    lack of professional development opportunities, unequal promotions, a bit of cronyism in hiring (and promoting), inconsistent or nonexistent policies and very low salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Council will need to make some significant changes in its salary and promotion structure in order to attract the best and the brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Where passionate, talented professionals burn out.

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States

    Pros

    A reputable, respected and influential Washington think tank that has access to the highest levels of policy making and thinking in foreign affairs. A small organization that provides opportunities to lead and promote new ideas. An event series that is rich and stimulating with access to speakers that are on the cutting edge of thinking on international cooperation, US foreign policy, EU policy and many new areas including Asia, Africa, Energy and Business. Great opportunities to travel, if you are working with the right program. Stimulating conversation with a bright staff of young, entrepreneurial professionals.

    Cons

    Many young professionals put in two years at the Council, but begin a slow, painful period of burn out after the first couple of weeks. Despite a strong reputation and elite network of members, partners and board directors, the Council remains a scrappy start-up with little room for professional or financial growth. Starting salaries are not competitive and inflated titles are offered in lieu of living wages for the lower rung. The high velocity of public and off-the-record events leaves the vast majority of staff, including program assistants and associates to do too much 'arm and leg' work while knowledge accumulated during graduate programs is left to wither on the vine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to 50K at start, offer better opportunities for growth, better work-life balance, better communication, better resources and more recognition to talented staff. Use unrestricted funding to bolster week salaries for support staff charged with fundraising and offer equal opportunities for writing, publication and management for those sharing the same title.

    Doesn't Recommend
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