Brown Advisory Reviews

Updated May 8, 2020

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  1. "Great people, great culture, true to their values"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Brown talks a big game about culture, the client-first mentality, and being a member of the community. The firm backs it all up. The culture is truly unique and you're surrounded by wonderful, brilliant people at all levels of the firm. The firm will go to any length to provide solutions to clients and the level of service is top-notch. The community impact is significant. Brown doesn't donate a ton of money to charity besides supporting clients, etc. but the time and effort donations from employees are incredible. Nearly every employee is on a board or an active volunteer with at least one organization, which is more important than sponsoring events for marketing. The promotion culture is largely a meritocracy, but there are some cons. Stock options are huge if you plan to spend several years at the firm. Tuition reimbursement is also an incredible benefit.

    Cons

    There aren't clearly defined career paths at Brown, which is something they're looking to change. This is a Pro for many people who like flat-organizations and is an opportunity for ambitious people, but it doesn't bode well for those who are accustomed to the "put in your time, get promoted" cultures of big companies or government. Brown has been undergoing growing pains for several years and there are lots of cons that go along e.g. demands to implement huge projects and systems with budgets and staffing of a small company. In order to be promoted, you definitely have to be a member of the "club" which is a con for many folks. I think it speaks partially to the culture, but there is definitely an old boys club mentality that leadership is trying to make more inclusive. Politics and whether or not you have a wealthy network is sadly a factor in the promotion process. Compensation isn't great if you exclude the stock options and aren't a senior employee.

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    Brown Advisory2020-04-13
  2. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - I T in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brown Advisory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good benefits, good learning environment, caring executive leadership

    Cons

    better formulation of firm goals and initiatives

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    Brown Advisory2020-05-08
  3. "Great Benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown Advisory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good learning environment, good people to work with, benefits were great

    Cons

    Corporate mentality sometimes impedes creativity.

    Brown Advisory2019-04-17
  4. "Brown Advisory"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown Advisory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, plenty of intelligent and hard working colleagues

    Cons

    Inconsistent promotion practices, high turnover

    Brown Advisory2019-04-06
  5. "Unique Career Opportunity in Operations"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This firm is the most unique place I have ever experienced, and it's hard to imagine anything like it. It is incredibly fast-paced, filled with intelligent people that challenge each other on a daily basis, and there is continuous room for growth. As a meritocracy, you really can make anything of your career as long as you put in the effort. Other pros: - Mentor program with unlimited access to C-suite execs and top partners is a great opportunity for exposure and development - 100% tuition and training reimbursement program - Great benefit programs (health, laptops, jeans/casual dress, etc.) - Transparency & communication firm wide - Strong & creative Operations department, true career development and growth options and very unlike the programs at the "big banks"

    Cons

    The rapid growth that the firm experiences can be a stain on colleagues. The deadlines are consistently aggressive. The standards for colleagues are also exceptionally high. However I personally find this to be one of the most satisfying aspects of the firm, as you can accomplish so much in any given day (it gets borderline addicting).

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    Brown Advisory2018-10-22
  6. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the autonomy and role.

    Cons

    Can move slowly at times.

    Brown Advisory2018-10-12
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    "Excellent Career Opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company pays for 100% of continuing education, and rewards colleagues for working hard. You feel like you are a part of something as an employee, and have the ability to make a significant impact. Great culture and opportunities for growth. Growing commitment to diversity and inclusion is impressive. Almost every colleague is extremely intelligent and hard working.

    Cons

    The company often takes itself too seriously. Some colleagues are hard to work with: dominant, aggressive, stubborn, and make others feel dumb. Quiet, sensitive people struggle to feel included or succeed. Deadlines are harsh and unrealistic, and project implementation is done without process or structure, and with little attention to the long term.

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    Brown Advisory2018-06-19
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    "Fast-paced, growing, independent firm"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time

    Pros

    There is significant opportunity, if you take initiative and communicate, to do good work, learn and contribute meaningfully.

    Cons

    Ability to advance or get things done can depend too much on politics and alliances with influencers, more than substance.

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    Brown Advisory2018-06-18
  9. "Great place to work and grow"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Team environment is great. Training within Operations has been more than expected. There are always ways to get involved, always after work events and lots of hard working people to befriend. If you like challenges and being a part of a winning team, you will like it here.

    Cons

    It's a hard charging place. You need to work hard as people here are held accountable to set expectations.

    Brown Advisory2018-05-16
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    "Content Colleague (Operations)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Advisory full-time

    Pros

    Honest leadership, transparent communication, invaluable mentor program, tuition reimbursement, open and welcoming culture, extremely fast-paced environment, true meritocracy, small firm feel.

    Cons

    This is a very demanding place. The pace at which the firm moves is beyond compare. This can take a toll on work/life balance. However, to those that excel under pressure, it is an opportune and welcomed environment.

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    Brown Advisory2018-04-25
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