Brown Brothers Harriman

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Brown Brothers Harriman Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
223 Reviews
2.9
223 Reviews
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Pros
  • Recent ability to work remotely somewhat keeps a better work life balance in check (in 34 reviews)

  • as long as you're not a temp, job security is not an issue (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • At the time, I thought that the work/life balance was decent (3 weeks vacation (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management can be abusive with little regard for the people they manage (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    BBH is a large fish bowl and you are one small tadpole

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The name, tuition reimbursement, and benefits

    Cons

    You are just a number to the company that doesn't really care what you wanna do in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the green light on wanting to do more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excruciatingly brutal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None that come to mind

    Cons

    Partners, therefore managers that don't care about employees,
    no room for growth, only deadweight gets to move around in the company
    I actually felt punished for doing a good job as my co-worker who did nothing all day was allowed to go to trainings, move to other groups, etc. My manager told me he couldn't spare me for the time the training took, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at all the talent you've lost, and look at the dead weight you are left with. This includes middle managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Micromanager x's 10

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has a Good work life balance

    Cons

    Management is extremely counter- productive and convoluted in their responses.

    Everybody is a VP or an AVP which makes no sense to me but it's great if you leave the company with one of those titles.

    One too many meetings and no open dialogue from manager to employee.

    Aweful about making meetings and being on time or showing up at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your management team the proper training or don't give direct reports to just anybody. The management needs a total restructuring...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Actions Specialist II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corporate Actions Specialist II in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, good work/life balance, and plenty of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    They may lack a little as far as training goes for their interns, but it just requires a self-starter and means more hands-on learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firm has a great reputation for professionalism but not for innovation or market leadership. Focus on growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A very stable firm with nice employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stability, company culture, willingness to help young employees with career development.

    Cons

    Pay is low for industry standards. Not the most exciting work in finance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain top talent pay them like it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Reliable but Stagnant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable company, dedicated and nice people

    Cons

    No personal growth, against positive change, behind the times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at best practices and apply them. Even though you are a private company and "do things differently," to the outside world, you are just another financial company that is expected to keep up with the trends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    BBH Internship/Coop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an intern

    Pros

    Good people, try to help, some people can teach you new things if you are very persistent and connect with the right people

    Cons

    Terrible place to work, boss and coworkers all complained about bad work load, bad salary, bad coffee on a daily basis. Most employees were unhappy and a few that I got close to said they would leave if they could. Boss made weekly meetings for duration of internship but cancelled most. Office cramped and boring. Chances of advancement looked bleak

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to satisfy your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Client Account Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Work/Life Balance and co-workers

    Cons

    high turnover and sub-par benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more in your employees to increase retention rate to be on par with JPM.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly atmosphere, great salary, long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and bonus, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    A bit uptight, can be long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Conservative custodian with great client service and technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Boston, MA

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Private partnership with good core competences. Flat management structure.

    Cons

    Too risk averse to expand into new products. Inconsistent manager quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage strong technology to expand product offerings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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