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Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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  1. "Comms"

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

    I worked at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed Work environment, lots of vacation, good benefits. Great summer hours.

    Cons

    You can be left to the whims of senior fellows who have no clue on how things work on the administrative side. Not much room to move up either, unless you go get a phd and become a senior fellow.

    Advice to Management

    Make decision making more transparent!


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Junior Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Junior Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a policy wonk. Collegial work environment and good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low...

    Advice to Management

    Pay raise...

  3. "Intern"

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    Pros

    Incredible resources and access to top diplomats, academics, and upcoming stars in the policy world. Very open and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    It's a shame there aren't positions between interns/junior fellows and associates.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Get With the Times"

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a good work-life balance for the most part, and it is small enough that you get to know everyone. The benefits are great but they make up for that with a low salary for junior staff.

    Cons

    The hierarchy is archaic. Rather than calling each other colleagues, you're either junior staff or senior staff, with not much in between. It feels like an episode of Mad Men, except worse because there's no way to advance within the organization. Junior staff has very fixed and rigid administrative responsibilities that don't evolve over time. Senior management (aside from the new President) seems determined to maintain the status quo.

    There is also a serious lack of diversity on all levels, which might be the case for think tanks in general. The organization looks mostly to top tier schools when hiring, which have their own problems with diversity, so hiring practices will need to be changed if they hope to fix this problem.

    Overall, a pretty demoralizing work culture for those at the bottom with any sort of ambition.

    Advice to Management

    The times they are a changing.


  5. "Wake up."

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and certain department are amazing.

    Cons

    Behind the times when it comes to thinking ahead as a whole. Carnegie thinks small business not Globally.

    Advice to Management

    I wish they would step into the 21 century before being left behind.


  6. "Great place for internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, scholars are open to chat and give you advice, great opportunity to attend their events

    Cons

    Unfortunately the internship was unpaid


  7. "Interning at Carnegie"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Access to world-renowned scholars. Very positive and welcoming environment. Reputable organization. A great opportunity for a recent graduate. You get most out of the internship if you are there "full time".

    Cons

    From my experience, the only con of interning at the Carnegie Endowment was that they do not pay their interns. Only transportation stipend.

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    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a relatively small organization (<300 employees), so you get more access to higher-ups and a better understanding of how the institution works, as a whole.

    The culture is open and collegial.

    Carnegie is always hosting events and panels with scholars and policymakers. Most of these are open to the public, so there are tons of built-in networking opportunities if you're interested in policy analysis.

    There are five global offices (and counting), and Carnegie encourages collaboration among them, so you'll encounter a range of perspectives, instead of just the domestic take on issues.

    You're on what I like to think of as Thinktank Row--right between Brookings and AEI.

    Five weeks of PAID leave (note: almost no one actually uses all their vacay. Some people choose to cash it out when they leave.)

    Cons

    Carnegie's programs vary pretty widely in terms of stature and repute. The Nuclear Policy Program is among the very best in the country, while the International Economics Program, on the other hand, is a fledgling.

    Opportunities for professional growth with a BA degree are limited. (This tends to be the case at thinktanks, more generally.)

    If you're a research assistant or intern, be prepared to spend a lot of time at your desk in front of a computer. Not a con for some people, I guess, but for me personally, that could get tiresome.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is not specific to Carnegie, but really directed at all thinktanks. There are a fair number of (generally, senior) scholars who use Carnegie as a sort of retirement home. They publish every now and then and lend their name to the institution, but are not really pulling their weight in terms of advancing policy discourse and helping Carnegie compete in the so-called "marketplace of ideas". I think that the leadership should monitor Carnegie's output more closely for its signal-to-noise ratio and take greater care to ensure that the institution is maximizing its potential to shape policy discourse and policy itself.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Junior staff culture is good, friendly atmosphere, team environment, global organization with a wealth of connections

    Cons

    Hollow organization - no room whatsoever for advancement or professional advancement, very poor pay, willing to lose employees who are loyal to the brand instead of evolving roles and increasing advancement


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    "Intern Position"

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    Current Employee - Internship in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Internship in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Networking Opportunities at CEIP are great if you would like to work on the hill. The endowment constantly has reputable guest speakers with whom you can meet and network.

    Cons

    As an intern, much of the work was very menial and not allowing for personal growth


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