Brown Advisory Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2021

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31 Ratings
Pros
  • "They provide full tuition reimbursement(in 5 reviews)

  • "Good learning environment, good people to work with, benefits were great(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "This can take a toll on work/life balance(in 4 reviews)

  • "Old boys club mentality that's incredibly elitist(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Work / Amazing People

      Mar 18, 2021 - Infrastructure 
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      Pros

      Coworkers are amazing individuals that give their all everyday. Tuition and training reimbursement is a great perk and shows firms commitment to investing in its own. Collaboration is welcomed and encouraged. Inclusion is a firm priority. Morning Meetings 4 days per week support this. Opportunities for advancement in current department or other place in the firm. Firm is committed to continuous improvement.

      Cons

      Must become more process oriented as it grows larger.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Hypocritical Culture and a Lack of Direction

      Apr 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Exposure to a range of investments and client types

      Cons

      - Firm chalks up its problems to "growing pains" regularly, yet management has no real understanding of/interest in developing scalable solutions. Not just band-aid temporary solutions. Runs counter to the firm's "thoughtfulness" - At the onset of COVID, it was communicated that the firm was going to be very safe and conservative in how it considered a physical return to work. Yet suddenly, there was a major about face, and leadership was strong-arming people back into an office setting without **actually** listening to the legitimate concerns of colleagues, only citing the "existential risk" that a remote environment poses to the firm's culture. - Regarding culture, the firm frequently perpetuates just how "unique" its culture is, how collaborative and welcoming colleagues are; how the firm is focused on developing colleagues and growing them along in their careers, "raising the future", "embracing outside views" etc. All things that sound really great, yet also fairly generic at the same time. Unfortunately, the actual culture is best defined as draconian, conniving, and stifling. It is a culture of fear, and anything but collaborative; people are only concerned about their own personal agendas. These characteristics are particularly definitive of those in middle and group management. -Promotional practices are not rooted in job performance--performing at an extremely high level and delivering great client service is, honestly, not a factor. What matters most is your social network (inside the firm, specifically, but also outside), your prep school connections, and what country club(s) you belong to. -Zero commitment to work-life balance. There is no respect of personal boundaries and time.

      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Fast growing firm with entrepreneurial opportunities

      Jan 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      -Opportunities to develop leadership both in your day-to-day role but through other initiatives both cultural and in areas where new capabilities or needs arise -Takes great care of employees - daily breakfasts, snacks, coffee/tea, etc.. in addition to a strong benefits program with robust healthcare coverage as well as 100% tuition reimbursement and other benefits such as gym memberships and corporate partnerships which provide great discounts -Opportunities to get more involved in the community and tap resources of the firm and colleagues to support through lunch and learns, sponsorships of fundraising activities -Firm culture has big focus on diversity and inclusion, sustainability, networking and encourages employees to participate in different ways to support these values

      Cons

      -The organization prides itself on being flat, which can sometimes make decision making challenging. Important to get to know stakeholders and have a good understanding of the firm's teams and business lines to communicate effectively. This is not a con, but a hurdle a new person would need to focus on overcoming as they learn the people/teams.

      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A Highly Toxic and Parochial Firm/Culture

      Feb 21, 2021 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Morning breakfast always appreciated. Beautiful office and location. Tuition/training reimbursement.

      Cons

      There are some truly great, bright people at the firm, and you can learn a ton from this subset of colleagues. Unfortunately they are overshadowed (and stepped on) by the vast amount of cunning and toxic colleagues, many of which find themselves into middle and group management. Group heads often lack the technical knowledge to lead, manage, and resource their teams effectively, in turn preventing their team members from meaningful development opportunities. What's more--there is an overwhelming "country club"and elitist mentality, and promotions are seemingly made on the basis of one's social networks, prep school affiliation, and personal/family net worth. Junior colleagues are not afforded room to grow, which runs counter to the (frequently shared) message of developing from within and focusing on the "next generation" of the firm. Work/life balance is absolutely nonexistent and creates a mental/emotional drag on employees. This firm is highly inward-looking and thinks it is overwhelmingly unique in a homogenous industry.

      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Toxic Toxic Toxic

      Mar 14, 2021 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      Nice office location and views. Some cool people

      Cons

      -Leadership (and Partners) are all incredibly narcissistic, and only out for themselves. -No opportunity for growth -Anything but transparent -Very poor, disrespectful treatment towards colleagues-- nasty, vulgar text messages, emails, and phone calls (at off hours, nonetheless). Ironic given this firm's commitment to ESG investing and runs counter to the firm's "special culture" - A lack of vision and cohesiveness. People run off on their own agendas with no real understanding (or care) about how it plays into larger strategic initiatives. Inconsistent planning.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company to Work For

      Feb 12, 2021 - Private Client Relationship Analyst 
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      Pros

      There are a lot of smart, hard working people that you get to work with and learn from. If you work hard, people take notice and put you in positions to grow.

      Cons

      Some frustration with the internal technology systems that we use.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A Tale of Two Companies

      Jan 27, 2021 - Operations in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      Decent benefits. Exposure to alternative investments. Willingness to place employees in different geographies if there's a need. If you identify an area for improvement, you will have an opportunity to "lead the charge," but will have to claw for funding.

      Cons

      Politics - who you know is more important than what you know, and your upward mobility is based upon that. Unnecessarily long hours, OT is available to some. They took an extremely partisan stance, at their peril. Operations leadership team leaves much to be desired. High attrition.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Stepping Stone out of public

      Mar 16, 2021 - Finance 
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      Pros

      Drinking at work is ok

      Cons

      No training provided. Huge amounts of turn overs

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Analyst

      Jan 6, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company to work for

      Cons

      No cons with this company

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      RUN FAST

      Mar 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
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      Pros

      There were no pros at Brown

      Cons

      Culture of Micromanagement and Lack of Trust

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      4 people found this review helpful
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