Brown Brothers Harriman Reviews

Updated April 17, 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. Fund Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman

    Pros

    Team work, routine tasks that are easily mastered

    Cons

    No room for growth, young professionals gives off high school clique type environment

  2. Operations Consultant

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Most people are a pleasure to work with. They like to give you a lot of responsibility early on and see if you sink or swim. The work is fast paced and it makes the day go by quickly. It is a great opportunity for getting introduced to the world of finance and banking.

    Cons

    Very informal educational program. Supervisor will have you go through two long Power Point presentations, shadow someone for one to two days and then throw you to the wolves.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the training process for new hires. It is far better to spend 1 or 2 days of intense and in-depth training rather than have new hires asking other employees questions every 10 minutes, disturbing their work process.

  3. Transfer Agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

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

    Pros

    - Good experience for someone new to the job scene
    - Learn a lot about the corporate life style
    - If you are in the right position they will offer a lot of training opportunities
    - Great food in the Boston office cafe

    Cons

    - People don't interact much outside of their teams
    - Most jobs seem very limited to very specific tasks
    - After about 6 months I wasn't leaning new things much

    Advice to Management

    - Have more fun as a team & do events with other teams to create a friendlier enviornment

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  5. It has been a great learning experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman

    Pros

    Growth opportunity leadership great culture

    Cons

    political flexible small salaries vacation

  6. Great team environment, people are working as a team instead of competing against each other.

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    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people over there, provide great training, hours are also good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be monotonous, but it's always good if you are able to learn beyond this and ask more questions.

  7. Strong and ethical company

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Some decent middle managers and employees. Only wish the senior VP's were half as decent.

    Cons

    Poor management philosophy, poor project leaders, who set you up for failure. Periodically they purge the "older workers" from the company and hire younger ones to replace them at half the salary. HR doesn't listen when employees report issues with Senior Management or out of control project leaders. Any complaints to HR will come back to bite you and a plan will be
    put in place to make you so miserable that you'll quit your job. Sound familiar?

    Advice to Management

    Watch your Senior VP's, throw out the, "I am better than you and more powerful attitude", and have some compassion for your managers and their employees.

  10. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, community, etc.

    Cons

    Tough work, not great pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees a bit better.

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