New America Foundation

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New America Foundation Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
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  1.  

    Solid job for a young person in D.C.

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

    I have been working at New America Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot working here -- it was my first real job out of college and I am extremely grateful to have been surrounded by such smart, independent-minded people.

    Cons

    You have to really sell yourself as someone who is interesting and valuable in order to get recognized. And don't be afraid to ask for more -- more money, faster growth, more responsibility.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Know what you are getting into

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New America Foundation

    Pros

    If you are a "name", New America is a great place to work on your next project. Project directors and fellows are pretty autonomous, though for the former responsible for their own funding. New America provides a pretty good media platform for promotion and conversation.

    Cons

    If you are not a "name" talent, New America is a very difficult place to work. There is no coherent management structure or theory. There is no practical professional development support or even plan for staff mobility. The crew responsible for administrative support, especially benefits administration, is quite frankly terrible made worse by the lengths most staff have to go to when dealing with one of the recurring string of mistakes. Non-"name" talent are drastically under paid. Even though some work was done towards the end of 2014 to shore up the lowest paid staff, the explicit view of management was that they were not going to pay top dollar and that being ranked very low in terms of compensation was somehow in their view "competitive."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front, especially with staff. If you aren't going to set a standard for program directors to follow in terms of the support and mobility of staff, make that explicit in the interview process. Personally, I think failing to cultivate talent is a mistake, one that has and will continue to accrue a cost to the organization's reputation. Fire your entire administrative staff. Seriously. I don't understand how people who continue to make very simple mistakes that staff are utterly unempowered to correct or even openly identify continue to have jobs. Worse, many of the people in this part of the organization are stunningly unprofessional in their conduct towards other, routinely exhibiting hostility, condescension and worse.

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  3.  

    great place to work with very passionate people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New America Foundation

    Pros

    very sharp, smart people

    Cons

    difficulty with nonprofits receiving research funding generally

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  5.  

    New America exposes you to both the seamy and exalting aspects of the think tank world

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    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As think tanks go, this is one of Washington's best and most successful. Money and Google tend to control this think tank's agenda, so if you're a Google acolyte and have a lawyer-client mindset, this could be a great place to work. If you hope to work with a specific program, ignore the overall list of funders and focus on the dominant few who fund the program you hope to work with. Grants come and go, and with them sometimes the direction of a program. Also check out the staff turnover of your particular program. Some programs are stable; others have lots of staff turnover. If you're one of the non-program fellows, then you're about as close to a free agent as 'a tenured professor--but with a short time horizon before you're back in the job market.

    Cons

    There is an odd mix of idealism and crass ambition at this think tank. It's not the crass ambition that is unusual; it's the thick patina of idealism that disguises it. In recent years, New America has hired for president high profile purported idealists from outside the think tank world. But rather than bending the think tank's values, they've made Faustian compromises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Longtime employees notice when you publicly express one set of values and privately practice another set.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're a self-starter

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    Current Employee - Education Intern
    Current Employee - Education Intern

    I have been working at New America Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to present a portfolio of your work to future employers. Chance to work with people far more intelligent than you. Good place to start if your dipping your toes in the public policy realm. Very good pay for a think tank.

    Cons

    A little unstructured. You kind of have to carve out your own role as an intern. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you just want to be told what to do this isn't the right place for you.

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great organization and great experience

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

    I worked at New America Foundation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Fellowship lectures with free catered lunches
    -Great work environment
    -Access to leading experts
    -Great experience working with reputable organization
    -ability to work/collaborate with Foreign Policy magazine

    Cons

    -building layout is such that many junior staff work in partitioned cubicles rather than own offices and that this causes a loud work environment

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    New America is a great place to work, learn, and grow.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New America Foundation

    Pros

    New America is a challenging and interesting place to work and prioritizes intellectual achievement and growth for its employees. Getting to work in a positive atmosphere with smart, thoughtful, ambitious colleagues is a rare and fortunate thing.

    Cons

    Like most non-profits, New America has some management challenges. In particular, the pace of overall organizational growth has not always been met by equivalent growth of support staff which means there can be a strain on the resources.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great atmosphere and room to grow

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

    I worked at New America Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, not bureaucratic, smart people

    Cons

    Lack of cohesion between programs

    Recommends
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  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're a talented journalist a good fundraiser

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

    I worked at New America Foundation

    Pros

    Near the center of power; lots of glitz and talented people. Great networking environment combined with an opportunity to make a difference in the world. Excellent pay, especially if you're a good fundraiser for your program. Neither a liberal nor conservative think tank, nor one that is primarily corporate or labor dominated.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work if you're a serious researcher. If you're on the fellow/journalistic side of the foundation, you get a fair bit of independence, especially if you've got a high profile byline. If you're on the program side, expect to toe the line of your program, its fundraisers, and its political allies; in other words, work on the program side has a lot in common with work at an advocacy group in DC. At New America, it's usually not necessary to tow an ideological line such as at Heritage (conservative/Republican) or Center for American Progress (liberal/Democratic). But there are plenty of other lines to tow that an academic should feel uncomfortable with.

  11.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New America Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experience really depends on the team. Some teams are well organised and there is a lot of constantly changing, interesting things to do. Some teams are less so, and there are long periods without anything to do.

    Cons

    Having to pursue individual projects, which can be tiring after a while. Very little space for upward movement.

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