Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace Reviews

Updated December 9, 2015
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


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    "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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  5. "Know what you are getting into"

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

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

    Pros

    Publications and events focus on incredibly interesting and timely international topics; great communications team; smart experts who are normally very happy to talk about their work.

    Cons

    Leadership is dysfunctional--the management board needs to take a hard look at the big picture and determine which experts are actually producing and who is not. It needs to do a better job of having the organization be timely and react to world events without being unnecessarily reactionary.


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    "Management show little concern for junior staff"

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

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

    Pros

    An interesting environment for anyone interesting in learning about think tanks and public policy

    Cons

    Senior management pays little interest in junior employees and the Human Resources department provides little support.


  7. "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


  8. "It's going alright, not great, but alright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, intellectually stimulating atmosphere!

    Cons

    The programs seem to be divided


  9. "Great Environment!"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and sense of camaraderie even if you're in different departments. Work is stimulating and there is a lot of room for personal growth. You can potentially meet many interesting people in the Political Science arena. And cubicles are spacious and great!

    Cons

    On several occasions had to work overtime but there is no overtime compensation. Senior management can be a bit intimidating and not too friendly to junior staff.


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    "Nice environment"

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly there and they tend to have strong background. You could enjoy any conversation with them.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are at best rare. It's a good place to be but not to stay.


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    "Good intentions, mired in bureaucratic quicksand"

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

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

    Pros

    Some very intelligent and interesting people, working on fascinating and relevant research. Very laidback work atmosphere that is supportive of intellectual development. Flexible schedule options. Some programs are very collegial and collaborative.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement for the junior staff. Human resources is stuck in an old-fashioned "this is how we've always done it" approach, and human resources seems to be in control. Amount of bureaucratic red-tape can be frustrating. Inefficient. A lot of inertia. Some programs are very poorly (and politically) run.

    Advice to Management

    Carnegie would appear to be resting on its reputation and hoping that all its staff thinks that Carnegie's prestige outweighs any negatives.



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