Brookings Institution
4.1 of 5 36 reviews
www.brookings.edu Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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4.1 36 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott

Strobe Talbott

(23 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Research Intern

    Research Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsUnbelievable networking opportunities. You really are among the best. Research projects are varied and if you're here, you'll probably find them very interesting.

    ConsUnpaid isn't the best deal.

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

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    Gained little from internship

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsFrequent lectures/panels with leading figures; interesting projects that get extensive news coverage once published

    ConsLittle-to-no skills training--formal or informal--for interns; employees seemed to actively avoid connecting with interns (justifiable, considering that the organization churns through some 140 interns annually); interns often stuck performing low-level work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience as an intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsContacts, access to high-profile meetings, interesting conversations with senior staff. Brown bag lunches on the foreign policy side for informative discussion on current events.

    ConsUnpaid, often administrative-focused work. There tends to be a foreign policy vs. domestic policy divide at the organization, too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the leap and pay interns! Will put your organization even more ahead of the competition

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

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    Great experience

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood research projects
    Great people to work with
    A lot of brown bag/info sessions designed for interns

    ConsCareer path might be limited without advanced degrees; also heard about relatively low pay for entry level research assistants

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

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    Junior Staff

    Web Assistant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    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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    Great brand recognition, experiences vary a lot depending on who you work with

    Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    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

    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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    Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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)

    ProsNothing fantastic, except the networking :)

    ConsNothing too bad. It was unpaid though.

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    Governance Studies intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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