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Updated 3 September 2018
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Pros
  • "there were great people, and a great work life balance" (in 4 reviews)

  • "There is ample opportunity to learn/do cool stuff but it requires initiative" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "lots of in office work, but that's usually what accompanies a think tank" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Subtle groupthink, though I suppose it comes with the territory of an ideological think tank" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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

    I worked at Cato Institute full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    Good colleagues
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Salary
    Management act as if you are lucky to be there


  2. "High-quality research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A strong commitment to producing high-quality research.

    Cons

    Nothing noteworthy comes to mind.

  3. "Constitutional Law Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cato Institute full-time

    Pros

    There were daily opportunities to learn from expert scholars and to get to know incredibly talented coworkers; the work was interesting

    Cons

    The cost of living in DC area is relatively high


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    Learned a lot from them. Well respected researchers and nice people.

    Cons

    Somewhat low tech for a think tank.


  5. "Good Place / Calcified Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cato Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great, smart people doing interesting work.
    - If you are out of planning on furthering your education after this position (like myself), then this is a great role.

    Cons

    - Not a good job for someone seeking upward mobility.
    - Too bureaucratic and hierarchical in some ways.
    - Too lenient on employees that produce little to no value.
    - I've heard of junior employees spending 5 years at the organization in research roles with nothing to show for it that they can use to sell themselves to other employers (Note: junior employees in the research space have essentially no upward mobility within the organization without a Masters).

    Advice to Management

    Allow younger employees more opportunities to build up their resume within the organization.


  6. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cato Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. People are amazing.

    Cons

    Job only lasted a year, not long enough!


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Media Relations Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Media Relations Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot as an intern at the Cato Institute. All of the scholars were so knowledgeable, and Mark and Katy and are awesome!

    Cons

    Some of the people working in Media Department are rude

  8. "Research Intern"

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    Pros

    Great seminars and opportunities to meet and work with the scholars.

    Cons

    I have no cons related to working for Cato!


  9. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific jobs program, that teaches students/workers plenty about the tenets of libertarianism.

    Cons

    At times, it feels like the work schedule is TOO BIG and you as an intern don't have enough time to work for the scholar you've been assigned to.


  10. "Intern Review"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cato Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great structured educational program to learn about the origins of libertarian thought.
    Diverse range of opinions and policies.
    The intern office fosters friendships with like minded individuals.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of chance that you will be hired on after the program.
    Your workload is heavily dependent on your scholar.

    Advice to Management

    Have educational seminars in the afternoon, it interrupts workflow much less.
    Have the intern coordinators facilitate a meeting with an interns scholar so that all three parties are on the same page.


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