Atlantic Council of the United States Reviews

Updated May 4, 2021

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Atlantic Council of the United States President & CEO Frederick Kempe
Frederick Kempe
39 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast moving, dynamic, respected, the opposite of a cliche sleepy insulated think tank(in 17 reviews)

  • "Worked with some really great people in the junior staff and a couple of good people at higher/management levels(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The internship is unpaid, and they don't always give much feedback(in 10 reviews)

  • "Junior staff is often expected to be available 24/7(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent Work and Learning Experience

      Nov 22, 2020 - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great Exposure , Dynamic Work Environment, Professional Development Opportunities, Collaborative Colleagues

      Cons

      Frequent Long Days and Weekend Work, High Expectations

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

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      May 4, 2021 - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Experience with writing and research. Independence to work on personal projects. Trusted with important materials and events. Learned administrative skills.

      Cons

      Not enough to do during less busy periods, and too much to do doing busy periods. No intern interaction with those outside of your team. Competitive work environment. Lacks diversity.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      This isn't the non-profit job you've been looking for

      Sep 25, 2020 - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Your fellow junior staffers are a hard-working bunch of people with incredible knowledge in their fields and wonderful ideas. You will have amazing conversations with the people around you and learn a lot.

      Cons

      If this is your first foray into the nonprofit space and you come in hoping to do some good for the world, you might as well shelve those aspirations from day 1. The Atlantic Council's mission of "shaping the global future together" is purposefully abstract. The Council cares much more about doing what's important as opposed to doing what's right. Their policy of intellectual independence is a joke and your list of donors will determine what you can and can't work on. With regards to the staff, while the junior staff are lovely well-intentioned people, I have never seen senior leadership more out-of-touch with their own organization. The pay gap is enormous and it's reflected in the way junior staff are treated. Finally, if you are a person of color, avoid this place like the plague. Seriously, don't do it. The amount of racially coded language that was thrown my way by senior staff was genuinely shocking.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      AC

      Feb 6, 2021 - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Top think tank in the US, great network of experts, impressive convening power. Dynamic and team-oriented environment

      Cons

      No emphasis on work life balance

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good exposure and networking opportunities, bad pay and junior staff is overworked

      Mar 20, 2021 - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      good exposure and access to connections

      Cons

      junior staff is underpaid and overworked

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Opportunities for Junior Staff but Very Poor Work Life Balance

      Feb 5, 2021 - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Good opportunities for networking and some interesting events.

      Cons

      Very poor work-life balance. Sometimes management can have unnecessarily high expectations.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great exposure to international affairs community in D.C., but management leaves a lot to be desired.

      Nov 30, 2020 - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      AC offers incredible exposure to thought leaders, practitioners, and scholars involved in international affairs, policy, and advocacy across various areas. The events are wonderful, and the people who work at the Council are curious and dedicated professionals.

      Cons

      Your happiness at AC is deeply related to your manager, and advancement can be a slow process (especially if you do not have degrees past undergrad).

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Excitement, but burnout

      Jan 13, 2021 - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Really committed to mission, culture of innovation, striving to really make an impact

      Cons

      Never matches resources to ambition, severe burnout that leads to staff churn, hostile competitive environment

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      HIS Salary

      Dec 29, 2020 - Health Insurance Specialist in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      flexible, regional, national, 5 day work week

      Cons

      series placement can be hard to move from

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      A great environment to learn and develop skills, career growth opportunities limited.

      Dec 4, 2020 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Good work environment Talented team of researchers Exposure to fast evolving industry

      Cons

      Huge communication problems. Lack of in-house career opportunities and development Rigid pay structure Quick employee churn rate

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