Brown Brothers Harriman
2.9 of 5 197 reviews
www.bbh.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Brown Brothers Harriman Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.8 76 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Brown Brothers Harriman Managing Partner Digger Donahue Jr.

Digger Donahue Jr.

(43 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A good firm with a changing landscape.

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThere are some truly talented and dedicated people to work with. BBH still maintains a reputation as best in class. There are always opportunities and things to learn each day.

    ConsThe culture has changed a bit over the years; many of the "old link" partners have been replaced with younger, leaner, more bottom-line driven versions. As a result, there is a lot of outsourcing (called "globalization") that affects the overall morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the compensation competitive. Also, many firms that have outsourced are now reversing course; there are talented people in the firm and more effort should be made to retain them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Boston, MA

    ProsPartnership Structure provides a great opportunity for exposure. One of the few compnies still offerring profit sharing to all employees. The partners really do care about the employees.

    ConsCulture may be too conservative at time limiting what products or services the bank will engage in, potentially limiting your growth in the field of financial services

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

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    High-Quality Bank, Great People

    Client Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsHighly professional environment, great training opportunities, excellent work-life balance, good transparency with "town meetings", managing partners are very accessible, fun summer outing, great comradery among employees.

    ConsMay take a while to "work your way up", sometimes you just have to get lucky and hope that a manager leaves. Though you may start your own projects beyond your job description, there may be little recognition of efforts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out middle management whenever possible, make an effort to listen to people "in the trenches"

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

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    Boston, MA

    ProsPays well
    Surprising diverse given it's history with minority partners and senior managers

    ConsSeveral senior managers that are incompetent and rely heavily on staff but do not support promotions.
    Lots of business politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up.

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    Not what I was expecting...

    Fund Accountant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGood experience for recent/newly graduates. Friendly employees, business casual atmosphere. Upper management not too involved, but enough to make sure things run smoothly.

    ConsPoor training, not enough workshops/classes for new employees. Not a place where I can see myself working for in the next 20 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Conservative company

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsStable, good people, relaxing company that will train you on the basics while you are on the job. People are willing to explain things if you ask them but alot of the work here is back office.

    Conslow salary, no cross-training. Some VPs do not like it if you cross train other employees because they want everyone to learn the same thing the same way. It is almost a robotic process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience for recent college grads, to get your foot in the door.

    Operations Specialist (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsCo-workers were great, colleagues were very helpful.

    ConsRarely hire temporary employees, spotty training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsI worked with some amazing people.

    ConsI was left in a position for 4 years with no promotion or room for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to your employees and give them opportunity for growth and improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company is focused on the "Big Picture" regaring its employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsBring a private company, BBH can make good long term decisions regarding its employees. This breeds loyalty and a sense of committment. The firm is very good at reacting quickly to industry trends and is extreemely customer service oriented.

    ConsAs the firm has grown the "small company" culture has become diluted a bit. I suppose this can be expected to a certain degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus on the culture of the company keeping in mind that it is your key strength

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

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    Country Club Meets Boot Camp...with a lifetime of experience in a few short years.

    Senior Specialist (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsExtremely tight knit group of professionals. Highly skilled in what they do, adding a degree of polish on everything they do.

    ConsIt's sort of a country club, where you are either a member or part of the staff. Some rock stars would never get promoted, but some with lacking skills but who could play the game were. Rather interesting politics at play.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more, and provide a vision.

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

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