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Atlantic Council of the United States Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Atlantic Council of the United States President & CEO Frederick Kempe
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Pros
  • Great think tank w/ a lot of important events thrown (in 12 reviews)

  • Very friendly staff and great environment to be around to learn about foreign policy (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Internships are unpaid, barring metro reimbursement (specific amount per month) (in 4 reviews)

  • No professional development opportunities (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time

    Pros

    Open to new ideas, fast-paced, gives a lot of autonomy to junior staff

    Cons

    disparity in salaries, unpredictable work hours, internal politics


  2. "great organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with - lots of intellectual stimulation

    Cons

    needs more transparency and structure at the executive level

    Advice to Management

    continue improving your organizational structure, systems and policies


  3. "Highly Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture separates the Atlantic Council from most other D.C. think tanks. Excellent opportunity for recent grads and other entry level folks to take on a lot of responsibility and be exposed to the topmost foreign policy minds.

    Cons

    Fulfilling the mission and getting stuff done can oftentimes take priority over the satisfaction and happiness of staff, but if you are looking to get into foreign policy and work hard for a few years, what you get out of it will far outweigh the frustration with long hours and challenging work load.

    Advice to Management

    There is room for improvement in terms of how employees are valued across the organization. Your best assets are you passion and drive for what you do.


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    "The Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States (Less than a year)

    Pros

    An good place to undertake an internship. You get access to influential people and events.You often get to work on serious issues. The work tends to be quite varied and interesting. The more you put in, the more you get back.

    Cons

    You can feel undervalued as an intern. You must attend all staff meetings and town halls but no one cares about your input, and often, interns would have rather stayed at their desks to do their work.

    Advice to Management

    Your junior staff are completely burnt out. The Atlantic Council gives so little support to junior staff that interns become an critical part of their teams. You should give more support to your junior staff and stop relying so heavily on unpaid interns to make up the slack.


  6. "Wonderful think tank, dissapointing compensation"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great think tank w/ a lot of important events thrown.

    Cons

    Measly metro reimbursement, no pay that really hurts your experience. I suspect it limits the people who intern to a certain class of people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns, even if it's just a $100 stipend, especially if they're full-time.


  7. "You only interact with entry-level staff. No future for full-time employment."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The other interns were very intelligent and friendly.

    Cons

    The associate and assistant directors (entry-level positions who supervise the interns) were in a separate room, which made it hard to corroborate. For the most part they were nice but they were struggling to stay above water.
    We had no contact whatsoever with the fellows or experts that were the reason we applied for the internships.

    Advice to Management

    Improve morale. As interns, we were told by people at all levels of the company not to pursue full-time employment with the company and that turnover was very high. It did not seem many people were planning to stick around long-term.


  8. "Good NGO"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, great office. Very interesting events. Innovative staffing model

    Cons

    interns are not utilized completely. The experience varies widely from department to department. Most of the attention goes to BSC to the detriment of other programs.


  9. "Good place to be an intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very high-profile network of people
    High quality of events and discussions
    Genuine attempt to innovate think tank usual practices
    Great office environment
    Opportunities to do interesting research

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid but there is a transportation stipend


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High profile think tank that is constantly throwing important events
    Great atmosphere, very nice people

    Cons

    Workflow dropped off towards the end of summer as Congress goes out of session and many take vacations
    Very two tiered structure

    Advice to Management

    Improve intern work load


  11. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job. It's a place to come to work every day. It's a thing to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Chaos, dysfunction. Absent leadership who isn't afraid to get into bed with nefarious governments in exchange for money. Google this place and "corporate donors" to see just how ugly it gets. Oh, and be prepared to work insanely long hours for measly pay. Keep your head down and don't dare to question anything...



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