EBRD Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti
Suma Chakrabarti
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, a lot of traveling involved (in 6 reviews)

  • Job security - nobody ever gets fired (even if they suck consistently) (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • senior management needs a serious turnaround (in 6 reviews)

  • Politics/favouritism etc are even worse than in private sector despite having less to share (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Fast, fun paced and rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

    I worked at EBRD full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits with 2 weeks vacation available immediately upon hiring. Company parties and retreats.

    Cons

    Resident offices are a little disconnected from London


  2. EBRD

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Banking in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Banking in London, England (UK)

    I worked at EBRD

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent work culture, strong close nit teams, sense of drive to succeed to fulfil bank's mandate, knowledge sharing and learning ability and good work life balance. Great benefits. Longevity across the bank people tend to stay to build career here for years and even decades.

    Cons

    low to average on total compensation. bureaucratic.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great exposure over countries of operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * depending on the sector teams - but great deal flow
    * senior bankers who know their stuff
    * work life balance

    Cons

    * too few juniors vs. senior staff
    * HR is terrible and never on your side
    * no job security if you are in a short-term contract (they keep rolling them)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lots of good things going for the organisation, but looks better on paper than it is in practice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues from all over the world
    - Friendly work environment
    - Good compensation and benefits packages

    Cons

    - Highly bureaucratic, office politics at the senior level
    - Silos and some rivalry between different departments
    - Large differential between perks for those on permanent contracts and others


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - nice and friendly staff (colleagues)
    - great benefits
    - each member of staff has 2 days off per month
    - no people turnover

    Cons

    - people hold their positions for years preventing new enthusiastic people come to the Bank and move it forward


  7. Executive Secretary to Director

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at EBRD as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment and opportunities to grow and learn. You can learn a lot about the Bank and how it helps their 36 countries of operation.

    Cons

    A very low turnover of support staff and consquently not enough roles


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good standards

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at EBRD as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work

    Cons

    There is some politics in the environment


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very rewarding experience with good opportunities to influence emerging markets and sectors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Banker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Banker in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very reputable international financial institution offering excellent opportunities for well rounded professional growth in a truly multicultural environment. It has challenging objectives and operates in private sector environment. It could be considered as a safe harbor in the time of crisis by someone, but it is due to its counter cyclical nature. Very good and supportive professional culture. No one would stub you in the back.

    Cons

    Growing bureaucracy. Institution is becoming very rigid due to ever growing number of restrictive policies imposed by its shareholders (public governments). Starting from certain level "glass ceiling" exists for career progression for the nationals from the countries of operations. While compensation itself is not that bad it is highly influenced by the shareholders' governments and is lagging behind the market for similar type of institutions. In other words the institution has private sector objectives and set of skills, but public sector pay.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to fight to chance certain policies which have become obsolete and slowing down the institution. The Bank also needs fresh blood at the senior management level below the level of the President and Vice Presidents.


  10. Good place to work, very international.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD

    Pros

    Interesting people working at all levels.

    Cons

    Career progression can be hard in times of low turn-over.


  11. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EBRD

    Pros

    A good working international environment

    Cons

    Not too much staff turnover



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