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Bipartisan Policy Center Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Bipartisan Policy Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to politicians and events going on in Washington. Great connections. Excellent learning environment-treated like an employee. Friendly coworkers, enjoyable office environment.

    Cons

    Did not work there long enough to experience notable downsides.


  2. "Ok place to work if you're fresh out of undergrad"

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bipartisan Policy Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food, access to the DC elite, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Notice that several reviewers said it really "depends on your boss." Some of the directors don't treat their staff that well. Compensation is well below average for similar work. Turnover is VERY high with the higher skill analysts rarely staying more than a year.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the staff than on contractors. Raising salaries would allow BPC to hire and retain better people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A Quick Passing"

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    Former Intern - Immigration Task Force in Tulsa, OK
    Former Intern - Immigration Task Force in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Bipartisan Policy Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -lots of learning
    -opportunities to meet incredible individuals who are exerts in their field

    Cons

    - heavy focus on research, not much interaction


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  5. "Look within to improve culture and partnerships"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bipartisan Policy Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity to engage with DC politicos and policy.

    Cons

    Very little culture or diversity. Salaries are very low.


  6. "Interns mostly kept busy with meaningful work."

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bipartisan Policy Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    For the most part, interns were given meaningful work that often involved learning something new or thinking very critically about the subject at hand. Interns were often given first crack at writing things that would eventually be published. Scattered throughout were the classic intern duties like taking notes at meetings or transcribing, but the subject matter was often interesting. There was very much a culture of "we heavily vet our interns so we know they can be trusted to do real work."

    Cons

    This varied by team, but occasionally interns would have nothing to do and everyone was too busy to give them something. This wasn't common enough to be annoying though and some interns were busy 95%+ of the time. Some supervisors were better than others about giving clear and reasonable deadlines and thinking proactively about how to best use their intern's time.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about work schedule expectations and how closely interns should track their hours. Be more explicit about potential duties in the job listing. Tell interns at the beginning of the summer about the final presentation.


  7. "A Great Company, But No Room For Growth"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bipartisan Policy Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It truly is a great company with a very well-respected position in the DC think-tank arena. The name just keeps on growing and employees are pretty satisfied with their jobs.

    Cons

    Management can be confusing. Communications between the management and low-level staff can be very hard at times. There is not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within, look into the administrative staff who would love to move up.


  8. "Great opportunity at a well respected, up-and-coming think tank."

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    Current Intern - Spring Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Spring Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bipartisan Policy Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The bipartisan nature of the organization fosters a collegial and congenial atmosphere amongst a very passionate staff. There are great opportunities to meet and interact with well respected individuals from the policy world, as well as several big-time (former) senators on staff. Moreover, the staff was accommodating and open to individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels. Really one of the better work/internship experiences I've ever had.

    Cons

    At times the internship felt unstructured and it seemed like I was doing work that was scantily evaluated upon completion. Part of this stems from the challenge of organizational growth experienced over the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Like many young companies, the BPC has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. One of the biggest issues with this growth will be the accommodation of new staff - physically and socially. At times, the organization felt "siloed," as educated people in one area rarely interacted with educated people from another. Nevertheless, the atmosphere was professional and pleasant, resulting in a great overall experience.


  9. "Great company with a terrific staff, but has had issues growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bipartisan Policy Center full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, great perks (metro, health insurance, tuition help), flexible for people with families, reasonable hours

    Cons

    Disorganized, haven't been able to grow well and have implemented too many approval processes. Don't have a very effective way of communicating with the whole staff

    Advice to Management

    need to build a good HR dept and organizational structure


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great people but no room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bipartisan Policy Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture and atmosphere here is pretty good. The people, for the most part, are nice and regularly socialize. There is a group of "mean girls" but they aren't mean, just not as inclusive. The benefits are AMAZING (or were when I was employed there) and the kitchens always have great snacks and free coffee.

    Cons

    There is virtually no room for professional growth and development, and efforts intended to help a person grow within the organization often go either overlooked or are discouraged. The administrative staff is stretched way to thin, which makes tasks for them and the people they support very difficult. The Center is also very siloed, so you might never interact with someone outside of your policy program.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Substantive, fulfilling internship experience for policy students."

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bipartisan Policy Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is organized around policy projects which change over time, giving interns and regular employees a great chance to work on a project from brainstorming all the way through to publication and public events. Each person makes a meaningful contribution to ongoing projects, will get to work with experts in the field, and will work on publications which are seen by policy experts throughout Washington. Very good for understanding legislative process and NPO think-tank work, great for networking.

    Cons

    As an intern or junior staff member, there may be down-time on projects where there is not much for lower staff to contribute. Interns should be prepared to assign work to themselves during these times.