Brookings Institution

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Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
50 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting place to work, but I was ultimately frustrated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Communications Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution

    Pros

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

    Cons

    unpaid internship and often times there were slow days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    include interns more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    Great work environment for all ages or walks of life.

    Cons

    Upper level management can be a little stubborn.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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 a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The internships are usually unpaid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
  7.  

    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 a 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.

  8.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern (less than a 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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    internship is an excellent gateway

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution as an intern (less than a 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
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