Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott
Strobe Talbott
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Pros
  • Lots of responsibilities, great networking opportunities, interesting work (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)

  • relatively low compensation, need to fundraise, some competition/turf battles among scholars, lack of transparency over salaries/career ladders (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great working environment. The research topics are very interesting. Co-workers are wonderful and willing to help you with your research. (The cafeteria is nice)

    Cons

    The position is unpaid and the experience itself is the only compensation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Just a stepping stone job

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brookings is a great place to start your career but you have to be very low level to gain any true experience. - fancy name - famous fellows - interesting events - writing opportunities - decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Brookings does not care about its lower level staff; there is little to no recognition or appreciation (ES in particular) of staff. If you want stability don't work here, they have gotten rid of wings of people bc the director doesn't like the work they do because although they say they are bipartisan - ES seems to filling to the brim with republicans and research and staffing choices seems to reflect this move right. - highly political issues between fellows and management - junior staff gets stuck in the middle of major power plays - awful management (speaking of ES here) - no communication with lower staff - one day a whole wing of people might just "close" and you can't pay rent - old white dude only event panels - lots of late nights and weekends worked for little money Although it's not the best place I've worked, I will say that it is a good stepping stone just for the name on the resume. That's it - Brookings on the resume. Do not plan to work here long.

    Advice to Management

    Hire directors of programs who can actually manage staff effectively.


  3. Good stepping stone, bad for long-term

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    - great intro to policy world - connections & access to DC politicos - work/content is cutting edge & at forefront

    Cons

    - no upward mobility - by dept (ES) doesn't seem to value junior staff - sneaky way of making internal decisions

    Advice to Management

    more transparency or at least more communication with staff on major staffing/program decisions


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  5. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    stimulating atmosphere with professional and supportive colleagues and management; great benefits; fair hiring procedure and reviews; ability to grow within some positions; encouragement to take on new challenges and skills

    Cons

    Some positions are revolving doors as there is not a lot of possibility to grow and develop. But it's a great place to get your foot in the door and move on from there.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide career development seminars and workshops for junior staff; be more transparent with overall strategies for institution and make greater effort to retain qualified staff.


  6. Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your policy career Great environment to learn from some of the best minds Flexible Prestige

    Cons

    low salaries virtually no upward mobility little direction, must be very self-driven


  7. Research, Writing, Editing, Peer-review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. High impact research.

    Cons

    Hard to imagine cons to this organization.


  8. Great place to get your start in the DC policy world

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Brilliant scholars, lots of excellent and interesting events, great research outputs, plenty of networking opportunities

    Cons

    There really isn't any upward mobility in research here-junior staff generally stick around for a few years before heading to other jobs/additional graduate studies. Compensation is also pretty low and inconsistent across the institution, and opportunities for solo authorship on research are lacking

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between programs is necessary, as well as better professional opportunities for junior staff


  9. Internship

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

    I have been working at Brookings Institution part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to interact with some of the top policy makers in the world.

    Cons

    It can sometimes feel like it is a business, rather than a place to share ideas for the better good. Scholars also let their egos get in the way sometimes.


  10. 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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful experience!

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    • Senior Management
    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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