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The Corporate Council on Africa Reviews

Updated October 4, 2016
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  1. "Great Exposure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlike other internships you will actually do work that is relevant, you will also have excellent access to private companies and will be able to network with them frequently. It has the most diverse set of colleagues i've ever seen-many from Africa, and you never realize how fun of an environment that is until you experience it yourself.

    Cons

    It's better suited for young business consulting professionals that want to expand their networks and contacts


  2. "Great company to start a career in international affairs/relations but little or no professional development"

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

    Pros

    - Great company for entry-level professionals or junior-level professionals hoping to start a career in international affairs/relations
    - Lots of opportunities to work on a variety of interesting projects in a short amount of time
    - Great environment for networking and to meet a variety of people from all over the world working in different industries
    - Lots of opportunities to travel in Africa as well
    - Great work-life balance
    - Great location

    Cons

    - Little or no professional development
    - High turnover rate (see above... most former employees I know stayed at CCA 2 years)
    - Poor management
    - No

    Advice to Management

    Develop a detailed and realistic plan for the future of CCA


  3. "Former Intern"

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

    Pros

    - Talented junior staff
    - Diverse work environment
    - Good networking opportunities

    Cons

    - Highly unstructured work environment
    - Pettiness amongst senior management
    - Opportunities based on favoritism rather than skill set
    - Lack of clear guidelines
    - No real opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    - Create a 5-year plan for the organization and stick to it
    - Structure internship better/bring more learning opportunities to it


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  5. "My experience was phenomenal and life changing."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Health Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Health Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Corporate Council on Africa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet all types of people from all types of the world. Learn about different countries in Africa

    Cons

    The stipend is not much.


  6. "Intern CCA"

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

    I worked at The Corporate Council on Africa full-time

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities with powerful private sector leaders

    Cons

    Poor work environment and lack of vision

    Advice to Management

    Show better value of staff


  7. "mixed-feelings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Corporate Council on Africa full-time

    Pros

    great networking experience and events

    Cons

    fake personalities, too much focus on the wrong thing


  8. "Ok place to start career in international affairs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Corporate Council on Africa full-time

    Pros

    great mission and passionate people

    Cons

    compensation really low and mundane work sometimes


  9. "Great stepping stone, has its frustrations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing networking opportunities for business, government, and some non-profit. Depending on position/department there are also great travel opportunities to the continent. CCA has their hands in a lot of different pots but you have to be a strong advocate for yourself in order to get into the area you want to work with. Again, networking among CCA membership is key. If you stay long enough you can really build a reputation within the wider industry.

    Cons

    Some of the senior staff are wonderful listeners, very open and interested in seeing those below them thrive and grow. Some others are just interested in garnering credit for themselves and will micro-manage, blame those below them, or steal credit to do so. Again, this is only some people, but if it happens to be your direct supervisor, then you're stuck. Negotiate heavily for a proper salary, otherwise there's a fair chance you will be under-paid for entry/mid-level positions. HR can be unprofessional at times.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for promotion (or department transfers) within the organization. Moreover, the organization may retain better talent by doing a salary comparison with other similar organizations for their entry & mid-level positions.


  10. "The Corporate Council on Africa...an experience to be missed!"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) has an interesting mission, which is to strengthen commercial relations between the U.S. and the countries in Africa. CCA's members are U.S. corporations with diverse investments all over Africa, e.g., communications, IT, transportation, infrastructure, oil & gas, agriculture, etc.

    Cons

    CCA's work environment is very politicized, with recruitment and promotions decided on the basis of personal relationships with senior management. Senior management use "divide and conquer" politics to foster an environment of mistrust among staff. Two top managers were frequently absent and used to delegate their work to junior staff; they were quick to claim credit for any successes and also equally quick to shirk responsibility when anything went wrong. This was possible because the Board of Directors is apathetic and exercises little oversight over the organization. In addition, project funds provided by the government were improperly managed when I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt and implement transparent, biannual performance-based evaluations in order to determine promotions.
    Enhance financial controls within the organization


  11. "amazing opportunity...BUT"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at The Corporate Council on Africa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    networking! international setting, employees really smart and open, lot of events in the office

    Cons

    HR, no real follow up