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Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Fun, interesting projects
    Highly collaborative atmosphere

    Cons

    None that I noticed over the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that comes to mind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great internship

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The internships are usually unpaid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    I found my experience to be very beneficial. I felt as thought I was a real member of the team and that my input was valued. I also felt like as an intern, I was doing some meaningful work.

    Cons

    I felt like there was a lot of free time. Some days, I would have no work. But talking to other interns, they experienced the same thing. It's just the intern experience. And based on what I saw, it seemed to be a very cliquey environment amongst the RAs.

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  5.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Research in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fantastic research opportunities, meeting top people in your field

    Cons

    No pay, require summer interns to work full time for free

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Weird, but cool

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    Interesting work life balance and intellectual growth

    Cons

    not a lot of mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find wasy to keep non-scholars engaged

  7.  

    It's all about the network

    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    The value of the network a young research assistant can acquire at Brookings far outweighs the salary received here. So many future job opportunities come from knowing the right people, and Brookings is a great place to make the right kinds of connections.

    Cons

    The salary is low, and the room for advancement within the institution for RAs is limited.

  8.  

    internship is an excellent gateway

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

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

    Pros

    I interned for central communications. I worked with great people and had excellent exposure to each department. If you intern there, take full advantage of a Brookings e-mail address and ask experts/ research assitants etc. out for coffee. Network is important and talking to people may well lead to a job one day!

    Cons

    The internship is not paid, which is never desirable.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Amazing opportunity; poor management and support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has great speakers and events, excellent research, and a great reputation. If you're in research, you're well taken care of, but if you're in a support staff role, expect less.

    Cons

    Very poor working environment. There is a staff network and women's network, but both usually only hold events during the work day when most support staff can't attend. There is a culture of bullying that the administration does nothing to address.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new middle to senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Comm Intern

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

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

    Pros

    incredible place to work as a intern. great internship program that offers you access to brilliant speakers and panels. It is what you make of it.

    Cons

    typical intern work. lots of twiddling of fingers but again it is what you make of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with interns more, do not just give them random tasks that ultimately do not mean anything to them.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Work with brilliant people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    5 weeks of paid vacation!

    Cons

    Low salaries; No pathway for junior staff member to rise through the ranks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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