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Council on Foreign Relations Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2019

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Council on Foreign Relations CEO Richard N. Haass
Richard N. Haass
44 Ratings
Pros
  • "CFR offers an amazing opportunity to work in foreign affairs(in 17 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, decent starting salary(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management does little to foster and recognize junior staff, and at times seems to stymie them(in 12 reviews)

  • "You will almost certainly not get a job with CFR at the end of your internship, you should be well aware of that going in(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits, lots of time off

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, nonflexible leadership, little room for promotion and growth

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your junior staff fairly

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-07-27
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good opportunities for a short-term position"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations full-time

    Pros

    Great junior staff. Everyone is smart, collegial, fun, interesting, and usually friendly. Great events that you can shadow (can't speak in them). Opportunities to publish at CFR (writing and research must be done outside of work). The research portion of the job can be very interesting and you can learn a lot. The job forces you to become more detail-oriented. If you have a good fellow, can lead to many more opportunities...

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    Cons

    The RA position is basically a secretary position. This means most of your job may entail booking taxis, hotels, flights; organizing a calendar; checking your fellow into flights; drafting emails; organizing receipts and files; coordinating catering; making sure events run smoothly. It's often described as "70% research, 30% administrative" during the hiring process, but this is highly misleading, and the opposite is...

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    Advice to Management

    Be less misleading about what the RA position entails in the hiring process. Work to equalize RA workflows and make sure RAs are distributed adequately.

    Council on Foreign Relations2019-06-25
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, motivated, and interesting junior staff. Terrific events with capable and accomplished people from all different walks of professional life. A great place to be as a young person if you have a good supervisor.

    Cons

    Low pay considering how large the organization's budget is. Senior management does little to foster and recognize junior staff, and at times seems to stymie them.

    Council on Foreign Relations2019-02-24
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing networking opportunities Surrounded by young, brilliant, and motivated junior staff Great benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy Cult-like culture formed around President’s approval A better part of senior staff doesn’t care about junior staff, who are seen as replaceable and temporary

    Advice to Management

    Make senior staff take management and supervisor training, most are in senior positions due to connections or brilliance, not due to any managerial competence. So, when asked to manage, they flat. And some worse than that. Compensate your junior staff better.

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-11-12
  5. "No better place to meet the world's most powerful people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smartest colleagues you can imagine, prime ministers; presidents and the best analysts from around the world visit, all the time, and provide their often candid views

    Cons

    Salaries are low for non-fellows or senior managers, so people tend to move on

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-10-29
  6. "Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good team Great perks Very fancy and motivated staff

    Cons

    Dependent on your senior fellow Some fellows are awful

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-07-03
  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cool place, nice benefits, nice people

    Cons

    Poorly managed and poor management

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-06-13
  8. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, learning opportunities, develop various skillsets

    Cons

    Strictly no upward mobility; people's satisfaction levels vary depending on which fellows you work with

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-05-29
  9. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Council on Foreign Relations

    Pros

    It's a going to keep you busy No busy work

    Cons

    Contact with research associates and senior fellows not as frequent

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-05-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "The level of expertise is high, but leadership does not trust its employees or value their input"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council on Foreign Relations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many young, passionate employees Great work life balance Great health benefits Summer Fridays off Working with experts in foreign policy

    Cons

    Leadership does not trust the people it employs Old organization that is resistant to innovation Extremely siloed—working across departments is very difficult VPs seemed to be pitted against each other fighting for territory Little investment in junior-mid level staff Poor pay Difficult to get raises

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be reorganized to meet the realities of the 21sr century. Invest more in your junior and mid level staff. Encourage and facilitate cross-departmental cooperation

    Council on Foreign Relations2018-03-03
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