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Atlantic Council of the United States Reviews

Updated August 28, 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 11 reviews)

  • Saw fellow junior staff ascend the ranks quickly (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large internship class and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Disorganized HR department and need for more job clarification


  2. "Great experience, stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time

    Pros

    Meet huge influencers in the field of foreign relations
    Work on important projects
    Learn a lot of new skills

    Cons

    -Way underpaid for amount of time and work required (tons of overtime work but not overtime pay)
    -have to cater to big level donors who often treat "lower" staff rudely
    -very high stress environment

    Advice to Management

    -more professional development for young employees
    -overtime pay or benefits

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opportunities to work directly with program directors
    Not too much admin
    Fantastic network of scholars/practitioners
    Very friendly work environment

    Cons

    Slow work schedule in the summertime


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Little to No Care for Junior Staff"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Junior staff is great. Worked here because of the people relationships not the actual work given. Was able to bring ideas to the table but had to prove each idea before it was actually implemented.

    Cons

    They care more about the board and directors when the junior level staff are doing the work. Don't expect to make a lot of overtime, supervisors will recommend flex scheduling to even time out so your work goes unpaid. No recognition for junior staff whatsoever as they stay late night after night and then managers wonder why work is lagging. They pride themselves on events so expect to have to plan events on top of your already busy schedule. Many people are lazy and prefer to have someone else do the job for them. "think tank" but they call themselves a "do tank". If you want to work foreign policy check elsewhere. Don't expect to grow quickly, they keep junior staff in low positions for years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the junior staff, they're the ones putting in the work not the board. Too much stress on events and not the quality of work that's being done. Less events, more content.


  5. "Smart people, professional approach, constantly changing focus, no soul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Atlantic Council of the United States full-time

    Pros

    A dynamic, fast paced organization with very bright and talented people. Impact-oriented think tank, the opposite of fuddy-duddy: always ready to shift focus to respond to new developments. Highly professional approach to events and publications. Leadership good about communicating mission and approach and goals to the staff and imparting a strategic approach to all the work.

    Cons

    Way too much turnover in the staff, including research fellows and non-research staff. Organization often feels like it takes too much on, spreads itself too thin, and lacks focus. Sometimes it feels like the AC lacks a soul: it seems to lack core values and sometimes seems to bend too much to the administration in office and donor demands.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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