Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott
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Pros
  • Great networking and opportunity to meet other people at the forefront of their field (in 3 reviews)

  • You get to work on great projects and informed, interesting colleagues (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salaries; No pathway for junior staff member to rise through the ranks (in 7 reviews)

  • Given the quality of work expected and routinely performed by junior staff, relatively low pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Research Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Brookings Institution as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. You get to attend events and meet a lot of influential scholars. Learned a lot of quantitative skills as well. I highly recommend interning here. They treat interns very well.

    Cons

    I wasn't paid, but they recently changed that.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  2. excellent place to work

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

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i loved working here - it was a thoughtful and intellectual hub and extremely collaborative. i am sad that i was only there for a short period of time

    Cons

    i really don't have any cons. i really loved my time and learned so much. i attended as many events as i could. i guess u can say that a con is that it is too quiet sometimes - but other's like that - it is like working in a library!

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what u are doing! always have an open door policy. young staff love to learn from the scholars. keep the love of learning alive and the culture such that young minds can come in and learn from the experienced individuals

  3. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful experience!

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    Current Employee - Budget Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Budget Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, environment, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Pay, little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Management is great...no advice.

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  5. Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to attend high profile seminars and forums on coffee breaks. You can make great contacts and do interesting research

    Cons

    There isn't too much room for upward mobility if you don't have a PhD after being a research assistant.

  6. I've loved working here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Networking, learning a lot, great atmosphere, great opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    The pay is a bit low

  7. Helpful (1)

    Interesting place to work, but I was ultimately frustrated

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brookings is certainly an interesting work environment; as the world's top think tank, its scholars cover a wide range of subjects, from foreign policy in West Asia to the economic condition of the US to educational reform. Those with a scholarly or academic bent are sure to find something to interest them here. The employees are smart, hard-working and motivated, yet the atmosphere was surprisingly casual and friendly. My office was mostly young and female. My supervisor was unfailingly friendly and courteous and we both grew to like each other by the end of my internship.

    Cons

    I ultimately felt that my skills were being under-used and had the suspicion that most of what I ended up doing (proofreading articles) wasn't even being implemented. Most of my days I had very little to do and stretched out my time by skills-building and job-hunting (asking other people for work to do eventually proved to irritate them). I also felt like I didn't really get to know most of my coworkers, as I was assigned to a distant corner of the office and rarely had a chance to work or socialize with them.

  8. Communications Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to brilliant people and ability to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    unpaid internship and often times there were slow days.

    Advice to Management

    include interns more.

  9. Very friendly work environment composed of employees fresh out of college to employees planning retirement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment for all ages or walks of life.

    Cons

    Upper level management can be a little stubborn.

  10. Great place

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Fun, interesting projects
    Highly collaborative atmosphere

    Cons

    None that I noticed over the summer

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that comes to mind

  11. Great internship

    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding work, great office environment, and overall good place to work.

    Cons

    The internships are usually unpaid

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