Brookings Institution Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2020

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Pros
  • "The opportunity to learn from great scholars(in 20 reviews)

  • "A relaxing work environment that is conducive to productivity despite the obvious reputation and pressure on deliverables(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "A significant majority of junior staff leave after 2 years (both research and nonreseach positions)(in 22 reviews)

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

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  1. "Amazing"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great co-workers, amazing Internship experience

    Cons

    No Cons, it was a great internship

  2. Helpful (2)

    "RA experience varied by who they worked under, management had hands-off approach"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to high level officials, interesting work that may have an impact depending on scholars' career trajectory.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development opportunities, career advancement for junior staff, which is hampered by lack of funding despite a tacit verbal commitment by leadership. Did not value or recognize contributions by junior staff.

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  3. "good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    good work environment and people

    Cons

    must play in office politicis

  4. "great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 

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

    Pros

    everything was great about this place.

    Cons

    I hae nothing bad to say. loved it here

  5. "Great exposure and immersion in policy"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Unparalleled access to top figures and scholars -Direct engagement in meaningful research topics -Development of technical and writing skills -Media Exposure

    Cons

    -Limited opportunities for advancement for junior staff -Bureaucracy -Lack of resources

  6. "Difficult working environment at Brookings Executive Education"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Team Member in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Newest level of management engaging in some innovative practices and allowing for more flexibility. Usually a cost of living adjustment yearly. Dual employee paid by Washington University in St. Louis and Brookings.

    Cons

    Difficult working environment with long hours and little pay. Your pay is based on St. Louis metrics and not DC. Older level of management has been very problematic. Management will stroll the hallways to see every day if you are even a minute late. As employees, you're not allowed much autonomy. Everything has to be approved by upper management even basic things like updating a brochure. Mid-level management is not engaged and never has the final say. Retention is low. No one stays for more than a year and hiring processes are slow to fill those empty roles.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Seems not to value junior & non-research staff"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice name. Generous vacation/sick days policy. If you work in research for the rare supportive fellow, they can help you develop skills and advance your career.

    Cons

    The following is only my opinion, based on my experiences. I have seen/experienced: -Non-research staff overworked and given responsibilities outside their job as management seems to hire as few of them as possible. -Fellows treating research assistants poorly, in foreign policy program but also elsewhere, with impunity from senior management. -Little commitment by institution to cultivating junior staff; they are not treated as part of the Brookings research community; institution and many fellows not interested in building their skills or advancing them professionally. No incentive from management for fellows to cultivate staff or manage well. Research assistants treated as a cross between a secretary, advance, ghostwriter, and data entry person. When they complain, they are told to leave. -Subtle disrespect towards women and POC colleagues. -Low pay and no transparency regarding pay. -Some staff expected to work 60+ hours per week but bill 40 hours, never listing overtime. -Interns still unpaid in some depts. -Efforts to change all this met with resistance by management.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very intellectually stimulating - amazing impact and world-class panels"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very intellectually stimulating - amazing impact and world-class panels

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic, resulting in efficiencies in business processes

  9. "Collegial environment poor compensation"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    You get to work on very interesting projects and contribute to the advancement of understanding overall. Interesting sessions and events, you can really learn a lot while you're there!

    Cons

    Serious lack of diversity outside global departments. Groupthink resulting from being in a room with a limited number of experiences. Few opportunities for advancement.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Educational"

    4.0
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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

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