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John Allen
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Pros
  • "The work life balance is good and everyone is genuinely committed conducting high quality research(in 12 reviews)

  • "A relaxing work environment that is conducive to productivity despite the obvious reputation and pressure on deliverables(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Junior staff is basically at the whim of where managers want to put them(in 19 reviews)

  • "Virtually no opportunity for upward mobility(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "10/10 would recommend"

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookings Institution (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, get to do cool work

    Cons

    really the only con is that it's unpaid

    Brookings Institution2019-01-10
  2. "Educational"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learn from the best experts worldwide

    Cons

    Low salary and very few benefits

    Advice to Management

    I had a great experience there

    Brookings Institution2019-04-05
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed reviews on Brookings experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant & Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really good benefits package, lots of opportunities (free talks, nice on-site cafeteria, good office location right in Dupont), really good reputation and name so opens up a lot of doors for you in future, amazing junior staff, good work hours

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and bureaucratic, HR tends to be difficult to work with, salary isn't the best

    Advice to Management

    Think about the needs of your junior staff and make experience more lateral than top-down

    Brookings Institution2018-12-04
  4. "Center Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    Amazing access to brilliant people. Fantastic leave policy.

    Cons

    Lots depends on which individual scholar you work for - whether you're overworked, or have flexibility. "Working at Brookings is a privilege"... so the pay is way below market rate.

    Brookings Institution2018-11-27
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Brilliance ONLY in research departments"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation so people will be impressed to see it on your resume.

    Cons

    All of the non-research departments are badly organized and with terrible systems and procedures in place. Unfair treatment to minorities. Favoritism and promotions only to those in the right clique. NOT a friendly environment at all. Snobby and fake people (especially in Finance).

    Advice to Management

    Please hire some Brookings scholars with expertise in administration, finance, HR, and/or legal matters to recommend ways to improve everything in these areas. Anyone with the any experience in a larger and better organized entity will find an enormous amount of problems. It was embarrassing to attend some of the trainings and see how lacking the procedures and/or systems (or lack thereof) were.

    Brookings Institution2018-12-16
  6. "Brookings RA"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

      Pros

      Smart people, great work-life balance

      Cons

      Sometimes doesn’t feel like you’re making an impact. Few opportunities for advancement without a PhD.

      Brookings Institution2018-09-26
    • Helpful (2)

      "Smart people, great benefits, flexible office hours"

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      Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Well-known and respectable organization, lots of vacation and sick days, great vacation policy, working with some of the smartest and most experienced public policy experts in the world

      Cons

      Can be slow moving both for projects, research, and HR due to a lot of bureaucracy, things don't happen quickly, advancement can be difficult, especially for junior staff, lots of old white men at the top

      Brookings Institution2018-07-17
    • "Director of Finance"

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      Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      The organizations offers excellent benefits which includes 5 weeks of annual leave, 3 weeks of sick leave immediately and 12% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of service

      Cons

      Employees with less work experience tend to leave after 2 years to seek faster growth opportunities.

      Brookings Institution2018-07-11
    • "good experience"

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      Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      It gave me exposure to the public policy world.

      Cons

      An extremely hierarchical place. Very grant-driven.

      Brookings Institution2018-03-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "A fine place to learn, but advancement seems to depend on your department/program"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Brookings Institution full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      They hire well here. Junior staff, whether in a research or support (development, communications, etc.) role, are all intelligent, eager, and care about their work. Senior staff (fellows and higher) is more hit or miss, but having this many experts under one roof does mean the events are top notch. You will learn a lot here. The cafeteria is great, and occasional free coffee and cookies from aforementioned events is a...

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      Cons

      They do seem to underpay junior staff (everyone I kept in touch with moved on to make much more money elsewhere), and I think they know they can get away with it because there is no clear path for advancement for most employees (certain centers/programs are better at offering promotion opportunities than others). Opportunities for training seem limited. There are tuition benefits, but they're minor. Even opportunities...

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      Advice to Management

      Well, you guys are leaders in the field, so I can't really offer advice. You do a great job making people feel comfortable, but you don't really nurture. Potential employees can take that as a warning if they'd like.

      Brookings Institution2018-01-24
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