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Milken Institute Reviews

Updated December 31, 2014
Updated December 31, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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    Researching public policies, pursuing firm's agendas, and writing/presenting quantitative analysis reports

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Milken Institute as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, location near the Hill allows for networking opportunities, great staff

    Cons

    Salary, promotions, compensations, lack of constant work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication with the LA office was very limited and unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milken Institute

    Pros

    The work was interesting and relevant.

    Cons

    The work environment was all too interesting.The new management removed the blinds from the researchers' offices so they could monitor everything. The researchers were PhD economists, mind you.

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    Economic think tank with no PhD researchers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milken Institute

    Pros

    Same as one of the previous reviews "Reasonable retirement place for seniors..." To be specific, this is a retirement place for senior research staff.

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship in the research department. This is because senior research staff has no research experience, no record of publication, and none has a Ph.D. Obviously, the company no longer invests in research (but they let those who have been there long have a place to wait for retirement). The Institute is now simply a conference organizer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Milken Institute

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent location, good networking opportunities

    Cons

    Benefits maybe subpar for a non-profit

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career opportunity any more

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing intellectually challenging as other more reputable research institute, which is important for some people. How ever, you can get busy doing grunt work like making slides, hours after hours, although no one check your charts or figures.

    Cons

    Since most of research institute already know what Milken Institute is about (Please refer to 'resurrection of Michael Milken' in 'American Prospect”), it is very hard to find a job in a reputable research institute after working here! There used to be an opportunity to build your research portfolio with legitimate researchers here, however, they are all gone. ('Fellows" listed on the website are people who chose to leave Milken Institute, most of which because they cannot take the stigma any more)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront about the career opportunity and net working opportunity, instead of always implying.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Please read 'resurrection of Michael Milken' in Amemrican Prospect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable retirement place for seniors who no longer care about the stigma of working for the junk bond King.

    Cons

    If your read the article 'resurrection of Michael Milken' in Amemrican Prospect online, you will understand what the Institute is all about, how creditable its 'research' could be, and why all the reputable researchers are no longer there. (All the'fellows' are people who have already left!) Working for one of the wealthest man does not mean you can learn from him and become wealthy as he is--instead, you may not even meet him at all.
    Working for someone who has a strong network does not mean you can benefit from that network, or you can build a similar network---instead, you could just be busy making slides for others all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about who you are and what you are about

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Poisonous, rotten, unhealthy work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Milken Institute

    Pros

    Office location (close to Third St. Promenade)
    Access to annual Global Conference + complimentary tickets for 2 guests
    Access to interesting people

    Cons

    Incompetent senior staff
    No opportunities for professional growth
    Questionable fundraising practices
    Some senior staff never held accountable for their mismanagement of work/people
    Lack of transparency of the organization

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Tops in LA

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    Former Employee - Event Production & Communications Consultant in Santa Mónica, Sonora (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Event Production & Communications Consultant in Santa Mónica, Sonora (Mexico)

    I worked at Milken Institute as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, first class office and staff, everyone is stimulated and stimulating.

    Cons

    Non-profit environment with those that have a corporate background coming in, can be a challenge with the pace of decisions made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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