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Updated August 18, 2017
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  • I actually couldn't see work- life balance as the hours of work are not that flexible and there is sometimes an overtime to do (in 24 reviews)

  • No room for growth, young professionals gives off high school clique type environment (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "BBH"

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

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    great culture, many internal opportunities, networking events within company, good benefits

    Cons

    doesn't pay well at lower levels


  2. "Friendly working environment."

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

    Pros

    Great place to start career. Well respected firm with a long and prestigious history. Very nice and friendly coworkers. Warm overall atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long working hours. Fixed workstation. Assigned desks. No office amenities. Strict dress code. Lousy and outdated softwares. Very risk averse.

  3. "Good Company"

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

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance; easily move internally; people know each other's names; good compensation package

    Cons

    Internal innovation is weighed down by serious risk aversion.

    Advice to Management

    Need a better intrapreneur support structure. Should broadcast employee innovations that are actually implemented, so that others believe their ideas aren't doomed to die in the pipeline.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Compensation well below market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice people

    Cons

    Compensation grossly below market, even for top performers.
    Brand strength not nearly as strong as it was 50 years ago (although partners and senior management seem to disagree).
    Most junior hires have some sort of "in", i.e. went to boarding school with one of the partners' kids.
    Meaningful reduction in partner promotions over the last 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    At the very least, recognize top performers by compensating them at market. Promote more people to MD and partner (even at lower buy in levels) to retain more talent and to at least give the perception that hard work will lead to success at the firm.


  5. "Quality Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BBH has high quality employees who work hard to get the job done right for the firm's clients. The firm is careful and conservative. Unlike most Wall Street firms, BBH does not do any proprietary trading in equities or fixed income. Employees tend to stay at BBH for many years.

    Cons

    Sometime it takes BBH a long time to make a decision.


  6. "Old, slow, boring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    Prestige, salary, leadership program, nice employees

    Cons

    Slow work environment, silos, no onboarding system, no autonomy, outdated (still use Lotus Notes, old versions of programs), no clear processes, flexible working schedule/compressed work hours not offered to all employees, co workers on the same team don't even know what each other is doing

    Advice to Management

    Give your people more autonomy. Creating processes where employees have to jump over multiple hurdles to get things done and then getting upset that things are taking so long is counterproductive. Create competencies, work on career growth and development, and give employees exposure to work with each other. It's one thing to preach about good culture but it's another to live it and bring it to life.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fund Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Loan Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Loan Officer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free time, shopping in downtown crossing during lunch hours

    Cons

    Team leaders and supers do not care whether you exist or not

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone leaving due to stagnation and backbiting politics"

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to public transit and parking garage

    Cons

    Too many to list, mostly cultural and management's reluctance or inability to retain good and diverse talent. No established process to investigate EEO complaints, retaliation for work from home and taking sick leave. No management training despite repeated concerns to HR. Complained to them about fabrication and integrity problems with HR and a coworker, they accused back with the same--no creativity or concern for labor law.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit labor law compliance and meet the notice requirements for NJ gender equity and jersey city sick leave act.


  9. "Life @ BBH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time

    Pros

    Great company to start a career. With its tenured and respected past, BBH is well known in the industry.

    Cons

    Very perternal environment. Tech lag, but catching up. Stuck in "the way things used to be" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking outside the box to embrace diverse modes of thinking and diverse personalities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown Brothers Harriman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and open environment. Good people to work around, many enjoy being in the company because they have worked here for 15+ years. Lot of room to make things happen, if you can get the right people on your side. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    This place is not run like other orgs. "Hurry up and wait" is common here. Partnership management style slows down progress. Old culture here does not want to embrace changes. Meetings require meetings with various committees and nothing is centrally organized or well documented (too many cooks in the kitchen).

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more transparent to employees. Preserve the culture that makes the bank good, but you will loose talent if you cannot adjust to modern times. Improve employee on-boarding. Review pay and title more than just once a year.


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