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. Governance Studies intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibilities, great networking opportunities, interesting work

    Cons

    Unpaid, little flexibility in choosing what projects you work on

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Normal Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Pros

    Nothing fantastic, except the networking :)

    Cons

    Nothing too bad. It was unpaid though.


  3. 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.


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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brookings Institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment for all ages or walks of life.

    Cons

    Upper level management can be a little stubborn.


  6. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brookings Institution

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

    Pros

    You get to attend high profile seminars and forums on coffee breaks. You can make great contacts and do interesting research

    Cons

    There isn't too much room for upward mobility if you don't have a PhD after being a research assistant.


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    Wonderful experience!

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    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.


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. Great Place to Work

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    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.


  11. Good experience

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    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.



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