Brookings Institution
4.2 of 5 32 reviews
www.brookings.edu Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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4.2 32 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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Web Assistant (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

Pros-World class policy experts
-Center of many policy discussions
-Dynamic event speakers and guests
-Helps shape policy

Cons-Very little vertical movement for junior staff
-Junior staff are over utilized and often get no credit for their work
-Pay is pretty low even for a non-profit
-Events can sometimes be repetitive

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow junior staff to publish projects they write on. Provide an environment where junior staff can move up in the organization, or work with outside firms to help them move up the career ladder.

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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Governance Studies intern

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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

Advice to Senior Managementnone

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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