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Updated April 25, 2017
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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott
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Pros
  • Great vacation package and work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • A relaxing work environment that is conducive to productivity despite the obvious reputation and pressure on deliverables (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • No path to advancement for junior staff or admin staff (in 14 reviews)

  • Limited upward mobility for junior researchers (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Benefits and Experience, Limited Mobility and Below Average Compensation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Brookings community is extremely diverse. My colleagues are motivated and passionate about the work that they do. The benefits package is second to none. Great organization to include on your resume.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average. A significant majority of junior staff leave after 2 years (both research and nonreseach positions). There are very few opportunities for growth. Favoritism is also blatant in some programs. Many members of the executive leadership team have or will be resigning in the coming months.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    - Great learning curve
    - Multiple research and growth opportunities
    - Perfect networking opening

    Cons

    - Start-up atmosphere
    - Work revolves around Fellows, structure therefore fluid - problematic in terms of logistics
    - All logistics being handled by research teams makes inefficient errors

    Advice to Management

    - Rules and orientation to freshers much appreciated


  3. "communications"

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

    Pros

    I believe in the institution's mission and the research is very interesting

    Cons

    the top down hierarchical management style is pervasive at the organization


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  5. "Brookings in Brief"

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

    Pros

    generous vacation and 401k; important mission

    Cons

    hierarchical and low glass ceiling


  6. "Staff Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great vacation package and work life balance

    Cons

    Not diverse at all and they don't look internally for talent


  7. "Smart people, lots of room to grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    Work with the smartest people you'll meet

    Cons

    Structural issues across departments can be frustrating


  8. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Access to great and intellegent policy experts and governance specialists; larger understanding of the United States and the world; increased credibility

    Cons

    limited upward mobility without a PhD


  9. "Non Research"

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

    I have been working at Brookings Institution full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement are offered.

    Cons

    More flexibility for work/life balance could be encouraged


  10. "Great exposure to the policy field!"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookings Institution (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on interesting projects with leaders in their fields of study.

    Cons

    At this time the internship was unpaid, but I believe they are paying their interns now.


  11. "Communications Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    exposure, colleagues, resources available, other very cool interns - all around great place

    Cons

    Some intern positions pay, others do not.


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