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Heritage Foundation Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    .Stellar Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heritage Foundation

    Pros

    The best internship for a conservative aspiring to a career in public policy and a true introduction to working life in DC. The combination of working experience, exposure to the latest policy research by some of the best scholars in their fields, and opportunities to network and develop essential skills for future employment make the Heritage internship unparalleled.

    Cons

    It creates exceptionally high expectations for the culture of a future work environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Politics--inside and out

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

    I worked at Heritage Foundation

    Pros

    + Interesting people
    + Important work on fascinating issues--a great place to *get* experience
    + Opportunities to meet great thinkers
    + Great offices / location (if a bit cramped for those lower on the totem pole)

    Cons

    - Very stove-piped and stratified organization (this was before Jim DeMint took over, and I think he was a great choice). The departments (of necessity) focus on their own areas of expertise, and don't necessarily interact that much.
    - Some of the long-time career people that have been there awhile know how to protect their turf and their tenure better than they know how to make an impact
    - Very conventional/establishment mindset, on the whole, compared to AEI (American Enterprise Institute), Cato Institute, and some of the smaller, more focused conservative think-tanks in town that push the envelope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rest on your laurels! You're doing a great job marketing the organization, and some of the new talent brought in at the top and middle is exceptional. I like the new aggressiveness Jim DeMint has brought since I left--keep at it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great paid internship opportunity to get familiar with DC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Heritage Foundation

    Pros

    - Great learning opportunities for interns
    - Freedom to attend lectures and other events
    - Paid internship (uncommon in DC)
    - Great way to dip your feet in DC

    Cons

    - Not always much work to do (depends on department)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heritage Foundation

    Pros

    Family friendly environment, High pay

    Cons

    President seems disconnected from every day problems.

  6.  

    Enjoyed every day as doing something meaningful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Heritage Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great minds. Willing to expand responsibilities and allow to grow. Well organized and good communication of expectations. One of my best working environments.

    Cons

    Salary made it somewhat difficult to live in the high-cost DC area. Yearly increase in salary was not significant for entry positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To encourage retainment, allow greater pay scale as reflects hard work and loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They cares about their interns

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Heritage Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They organized a lot of activities for interns to grow and learn.

    Cons

    The work load distribution is not so good. Some people get more works,while others cannot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Heritage Internship Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Technology Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Technology Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Heritage Foundation

    Pros

    Amazing program! I loved learning about the Conservative movement from the leaders in political thought in the US.

    Cons

    Really hard to get into the internship program! They only accept 2% of applicants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. This was amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hard to tell if staff are truly appreciated....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    I worked at Heritage Foundation full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people scattered throughout the organization and passion for conservative causes ran high throughout the building. Being one of the largest think tanks out there, you'll get great exposure that you can bring to any other non-profit organization or career opportunity. High prestige factor and a business formal work environment if that is what you're looking for.

    Cons

    Accounting deadlines were some of the most unreasonable, unrealistic I've seen in corporate accounting. Supposedly this varied by department but my work life balance was downright poor and overtime was frequent and expected. Salary was below market for DC, below market for accounting industry, below market for a large non-profit. Some of the company HR policies were poor and outdated, showed lack of appreciation for staff. Office layouts were also poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Showing a little more appreciation for your staff might go a long way...not everyone is looking to springboard to some politician's staff. The prestige factor will only go so far and keep an employee for so long, aim for loyalty and employee empowerment instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Full of new experiences and great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Heritage Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    It is one of the best and biggest think tanks in the world. You are working with great people. There are great opportunities to get your foot in the ground and stay in Washington, D.C. if that is your ultimate goal.

    Cons

    They did not articulate well some of the intern privileges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for an internship!

    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Heritage Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Intern program is well-developed and structured
    -Great learning environment
    -One of the only PAID internships in D.C.
    -Interns are seen as significant - you are given meaningful projects that contribute to your supervisors' research

    Cons

    Absolutely no complaints to note

    Recommends

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