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Updated Nov 29, 2021

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Pros
  • "The opportunity to learn from great scholars(in 21 reviews)

  • "Fantastic work environment for an intern(in 17 reviews)

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

  • "limited upward mobility without a PhD(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work

      Nov 29, 2021 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Excellent place to work full of smart, interesting, passionate people

      Cons

      Not much to complain about beyond what a typical think tank may lack: clear paths of advancement, professional opps, etc.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great experience w/ industry pros

      Nov 16, 2021 - Infrastructure Intern in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      - knowleadgable team - supportive environment

      Cons

      - remote work made it hard to develop relationships - unguided at times

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Work

      Oct 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Access to incredible scholars, good work/life balance, major skill development (technical and writing), exposure to current events and politics

      Cons

      Lack of career trajectory for junior staff

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Gold Standard for Starting Out in Policy Community and Building Network

      Oct 8, 2021 - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Intellectually stimulating of course, but also very social. It was an ideal place to get a hands-on experience in devising policy recommendations on the subjects I had long studied. But it also wasn't overdemanding, mainly because the scholars were always conscious not to overwork research assistants if they could help it. This free time after work proved decisive in my career by allowing me to make my own brand by networking in YP groups, writing articles and making speeches. Brookings' reputation has opened more doors than I can count. Benefits are eyedropping. Great parties. The friends I made remain friends to this day despite us each living in different cities.

      Cons

      Research assistants lack real responsibility, which means if you plan to go to another job in a role beyond an entry-level position you need to be buttressing your resume with other skills and experience.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great benefits, interesting work, not always valued as a lower-level employee

      Oct 5, 2021 - Coordinator in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      It's an exciting place to work with interesting research and big thinkers. The benefits are great -- especially the vacation time. The work environment depends a lot on what program/department you're in.

      Cons

      It can feel like the scholars are valued while the support staff are expendable. Depending on where you are, there's a lack of opportunities for upward growth. Bummer that they don't contribute to your retirement until you work for 2 years (but then it's 12% employer contribution).

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fine place to spend a couple years

      Aug 22, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great networking opportunities and a chance to work with some dedicated people. A lot of resources like a full time library staff and comms team. Looks great on your CV as you search for the next job. A lot of sick leave and vaccation time that workers are encouraged to use.

      Cons

      Few advancement opportunities. Though not necessarily my experience, a lot of early career professionals feel they are treated poorly by senior fellows. Do not expect to be here for more than two or three years.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Intelligent People with Very warm Personality

      Aug 5, 2021 - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      1)The staff at all levels are very cordial and make you feel welcome and supported. 3)You get to work with and meet very important people in and out of DC. 4)You can always count on your colleagues- or even staff from other departments or Programs for help or questions. Everyone is supportive 4) Excellence is key-the teams at Brookings always take their work very seriously and strive for the most excellent work. 5)Down to earth. Although the staff is very dedicated to quality in their work; and have very impressive resumes, they dint take themselves too seriously.

      Cons

      1) Get ready to Work! It's a fast-paced environment so you are often required to be on your toes and keep up with the tides Washington

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Terrible salaries but you learn a lot!

      Aug 4, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      Brookings is a fun and engaging place to work, you learn a lot and there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills.

      Cons

      The salaries are really low and there is little room for growth. The only benefit is that the benefits package is actually pretty good (lots of vacation days, good health insurance).

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      great place to learn

      Aug 3, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      interesting colleagues, opportunities to learn a lot, access to interesting people

      Cons

      no upward mobility, senior fellows run small fiefdoms, terrible pay

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to work

      Jun 23, 2021 - Senior Fellow in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Excellent colleagues, policy impact, visibility, flexible schedule, good reputation, good pay, good working conditions

      Cons

      Not always at the forefront of research methods, lots of fundraising

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