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Current Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations

Pros

OK salary, learning experience, growth opportunities, connections

Cons

Very few opportunities to move up within the organization.

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Offer more opportunities for research associates to grow within the organization.

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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Fellow  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations

    Pros

    Intellectual stimulation, people you meet, autonomy of work and work schedule.

    Cons

    being pulled in many directions at times by many different departments, which means work doesn't always get recognized.

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    Keep intellectual enterprise open, but recognize the numerous demands put on the fellows

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    Well-paid and prestigious but thoroughly demoralizing Research Associate positions

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations

    Pros

    The best reasons to work in a junior staff position for the Council on Foreign Relations are the access you will have to influential and interesting people in the foreign policy world and the name recognition and resources of the organization.

    Cons

    There are almost no possibilities for advancement from a junior staff position. It is something to do before you go back to graduate school. As a research associate, you are only supervised by the senior fellow you work for. There is no one to complain to if your senior fellow over works you, insults you, etc. Since you were hired to work on a specific issue, it is hard to get transfered to another fellow that covers a different issue. Many senior fellows have come from government positions where they had a large staff under them; now they have you. This creates unrealistic expectations about what you can accomplish, and enables a work environment where yelling at and insulting junior staff in public is tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for junior staff to work in different areas of the organization. Provide avenues to address issues they may have with senior fellows.

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