Brown Brothers Harriman Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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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 15 reviews)

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

  • In reality they provide NO room for advancement to those young European graduates and offer pennies for which it is hard to make it through the month (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Strong and ethical company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    High principled company. Offers flexible work arrangements, depending on the job function/role and the performance record of the individual

    Cons

    I do not see a lot of opportunity for growth or movement into other positions within the company in the higher levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate as well as you do in the periodic e-mails from the partners and from all levels of the organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall it was frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman

    Pros

    The Partners instill a very good vibe throughout the firm.

    Cons

    You NEED to find better talent and monitor your employees more. I as an intern knew had a far superior knowledge base on the markets than my supervisor. He had a genuine lack of passion for the markets and I felt he viewed me as a threat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Partners are great, but there is a huge drop off in intellectual quality between the partners and the rest of the firm.Internal politics in my group was rampant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Just like every other custodian now.

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    Current Employee - PL/SBA in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PL/SBA in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with (though many are leaving).
    Charitable organization
    Compensation is OK (although the health coverage is less than adequate now).

    Cons

    Perception is reality. If the right people think you're doing the job, then you are. Too much credit (and upward mobility) given to people who act the part; while the people who actually perform get held in place. The new employee review system is built to rate everyone as meeting expectations, allowing for less compensation despite the company making record profits.

    The company has long maintained that its people are valued; but that was under the old partnership. With the new wave of MBA/Lean Six-Sigma leadership, people are now only valued at a certain price. This is why many positions are being off-shored to Krakow and good people are leaving in droves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your upper middle management; these are the folks you have deemed to be the future leaders of the company and too many of them are clipboard managers afraid to make a decision and be accountable for it.
    This used to be a company people were proud to work for; now it's operating like every other custodian.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Good company, difficult work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people, community, etc.

    Cons

    Tough work, not great pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees a bit better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Internship experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Fun company to work at, everyone was very friendly.

    Cons

    Sticklers for time. Training could have been better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Although the working environment is great, the company seems to act somewhat slow to personal details.

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    Current Contractor - Corporate Actions: Financial Services in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Corporate Actions: Financial Services in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is very beautiful, and the location is awesome as well.

    Cons

    Snow days do not imply (winter of 2015).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. It's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes. Very little support from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. FX Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance in late leave early atmosphere

    Cons

    Signed a 2 year contract but the entire project was cut 8 months in

  10. Survive and Advance

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    Current Employee - Risk in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Risk in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, decent comp and normal working conditions.

     This is a regular 9-5 gig for probably 95% of the bank. If you're in i-banking or an SVP or higher, it is different obviously.

    Cons

    The concept of "they will take care of you no matter what" is not true.

    There have been plenty of people fired or laid off no matter what their seniority level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a partnership so there are no shareholders to please. Run it as you see fit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Pretty good company to work for with great benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Tax Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Management good be a bit better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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