I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (Less than a year)
- Great, smart people doing interesting work.
- If you are out of planning on furthering your education after this position (like myself), then this is a great role.
- Not a good job for someone seeking upward mobility.
- Too bureaucratic and hierarchical in some ways.
- Too lenient on employees that produce little to no value.
- I've heard of junior employees spending 5 years at the organization in research roles with nothing to show for it that they can use to sell themselves to other employers (Note: junior employees in the research space have essentially no upward mobility within the organization without a Masters).
Advice to Management
Allow younger employees more opportunities to build up their resume within the organization.
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cato Institute (Washington, DC).
I had two interviews, first a phone screening with the director of HR where I was informed I would come in for an in person interview. A week later I had the in person interview with the director and assistant director of the team that I thought went well. I was told they would follow up with next steps, but for the next two months the only following up that occurred was initiated by me and they never had any concrete information or next steps. It's now been about two months and I've still heard nothing from either interviewer suggesting I was no longer a candidate or that they were still interested in my candidacy for the role.
This echoes similar experiences my friends who have interviewed for roles at Cato have reported. One friend had four different in person interviews for one role and then was completely ghosted. They only found out they weren't hired for that role when a friend who works at Cato told them someone else was already hired and working in that role.
Suffice it to say Cato's interviewing/hiring process could use some work. It's obvious that they are very disorganized and lackadaisical. They seem inconsiderate of the time and effort of interviewees and have alienated a lot of people in the process. The issues seem to span across teams so it's likely that it's an institutional problem. Cato is a highly prestigious and respected institution and so I guess it's to be expected there would be some level of snobbishness, but the way they treat potential employees is rather unbecoming.
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