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Mercatus Center Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
5 Reviews
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    If you care about markets and supporting liberty this is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Mercatus Center (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are friendly and most everyone operates on an open door policy. Easy access to senior level staff and they are not heavy handed about research topics or direction. They schedule seminars for professional development and mixer events to make it a social environment. We recently moved to a beautiful new office space.

    Cons

    The publication process--getting feedback from outside reviewers or editorial help can be painfully slow if your project is not a high priority. In fairness, this is not a problem unique to Mercatus, academic publishing is generally a slow process.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Amazing people; perfect for self-starters

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Mercatus Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flat organization - easy access to senior staff with incredible experience and insights; collegial, mission-driven environment; flexible but demanding work schedule

    Cons

    Pay (to be expected, non-profit)

    Recommends
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    Ok internship

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    Current Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Mercatus Center as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lofty internship, big ideas, exposure to scholars, oppotunity to be published

    Cons

    somewhat menial labor; no pay; seemingly little opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
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    Good work life balance, not taxing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Mercatus Center

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, casual dress code, great benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, some coworkers lack initiative

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Mercatus Center

    Pros

    Mercatus is great with their really lax dress code (can wear anything from jeans and sneakers to business casual). They also have a great vacation policy (as many days as you need as long as you get your work done).

    Cons

    The biggest issue at Mercatus is the gap between what they say they do versus what they actually do. Basically, a lot of preaching without much practicing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to fire people that tend to be the "rotten eggs" in the organization. Be more open about relationships with key donors.

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