Brookings Institution
4.3 of 5 31 reviews
www.brookings.edu Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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4.3 31 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott

Strobe Talbott

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96% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great brand recognition, experiences vary a lot depending on who you work with

Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 10 years

Prosintellectual stimulation, collegiality, 5 weeks vacation, employer contribution to 403(b) plan=12% of salary, access to events and publications, brand recognition/reputation as objective and independent which opens up networks

Consrelatively low compensation, need to fundraise, some competition/turf battles among scholars, lack of transparency over salaries/career ladders

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great first job!

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

ProsYou get to work on great projects and informed, interesting colleagues. Lots of work flexibility and supportive management.

Cons(Like others have said) there's a ceiling on how far junior staff can progress.

Advice to Senior ManagementPaid maternity leave!!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

ProsSmart and really nice people. Plus, you can go to all of the events where you will learn a lot.

ConsSometimes I am left with nothing to do

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Normal Internship

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brookings Institution

ProsNothing fantastic, except the networking :)

ConsNothing too bad. It was unpaid though.

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I have been working at Brookings Institution for less than a year

ProsLots of responsibilities, great networking opportunities, interesting work

ConsUnpaid, little flexibility in choosing what projects you work on

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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent place to start one's career in public policy, but little room to grow

Associate (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGreat retirement benefits for a nonprofit; the research that the PhDs do is often interesting; great name to have on one's resume if looking to have a career in the public policy sector

ConsRelatively low salaries compared to other nonprofits in DC; no upward mobility for junior staff (both in support roles and research roles); minimal investment in employees overall results in high turnover and not a great culture; departments are extremely siloed which often results in infighting

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Interned in a program with a lot of opportunity for interdisciplinary learning; environment was very hierarchical.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brookings Institution as an intern for less than a year

ProsStrong culture of respect within research teams. I was fortunate to work with a research assistant who took the time to ensure the internship, while unpaid, was a worthwhile experience. A lot of opportunity for learning with a proactive attitude.

ConsChances of transitioning from intern to research assistant are slim with only a Bachelor's and little or no post-undergrad work experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide interns with more opportunities to interact with higher-level staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I was working on technology policy at Brookings and it was a great time

Research Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsThe workload is very manageable and research topic highly enjoyable. The general atmosphere is great - a lot of intern bonding events, and my boss was very nice to me. Also had a lot of opportunities to meet with scholars across the institution.

ConsThere could be down time with not that much work to do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A job with great work and colleagues but relatively low pay and upward mobility

Project Coordinator (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

Pros-Great work environment with highly intelligent/competent colleagues
-Little stratification between junior staff and senior staff, which means that your opinion and research ideas are listened to frequently and evaluated on their merits
-Opportunities to work with and/or meet some real superstars in your area of interest

Cons-Given the quality of work expected and routinely performed by junior staff, relatively low pay
-Limited upward mobility for junior researchers
-Can be a bit too much bureaucratic at times.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should focus on two things:
-Ensuring the administrative side of operations at Brookings runs more smoothly
-Finding a way reward junior staffers with bonuses or non-financial prizes for exceptional work, particularly as the pay is relatively low for the work required
-Take more of an active role in mentoring junior staffers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good, interesting work. Culture is good but dull.

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart people, interesting topics. You learn a lot.

ConsWork can be a bit boring sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone works in close quarters, making the upper management act a little awkward around their subordinates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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