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IMF Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.8 77 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

(42 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • And work-life balance is much better than Wall Street; 40 hours a week is typical(in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, travel with many jobs, intellectual stimulation(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No career mobility, terrible work life balance and the starting compensation is paltry(in 3 reviews)

  • Staff are overqualified for what they do and very low turnover, so opportunities for career development and advancement are very limited(in 4 reviews)

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    Interesting work, great colleagues, but overly bureaucratic and outdated procedures and HR rules bring everyone down

    Economist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood benefits and salary. Work is not overly taxing.

    ConsAdvancement in the organization has little to do with how well you perform your job functions. You either have to be in with the right people to move up, or wait your turn as departments are very constricted by HR rules when it comes to promotions and filling positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the archane HR rules that stifle talented people in the organization

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Currently job hunting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDiverse staff and professional training opportunities

    ConsNo career mobility, terrible work life balance and the starting compensation is paltry.

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    Pass on it...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosnet salary - no taxes if PR or G-4
    nice locatioon

    Consbureaucratic
    lots of formalities
    not fast-paced or interesting if you aren't an economist

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate a friendly culture with employees at all levels

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The truth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsDiverse employees
    Great office spaces
    Good benefits for everyone except American nationals
    Flexible working conditions

    ConsPromotion is non-existent.
    Without a vigilant and active staff member assisting the staff member with a career opportunity, there is no opportunity at all. Most of the staff are pigeoned holed. For US nationals, particularly people of color the work experience will be difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe rule of fairness needs to be applied in every department of the organization. Promotion fairness needs to be applied to everyone. Networks need to be obligated to include all staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for the money and travel.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat place for the VERY high pay (nowhere else in the world can you get paid like this and still have job security). Also great if you like to travel, especially if family and loved ones are abroad.

    ConsGet ready to suck up to your boss--and all potential future bosses. Forget about family life if you are in one of the high-travel jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp promotion criteria.

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    Prepare to be institutionalized

    Media Relations Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAccess to the UN system. Exposure to global economic issues. Working with a multi-cultural staff, in a family-friendly city. The benefits package is superb. The salaries are also pretty good, and there are plenty of opportunities to work with World Bank staff if you are proactive enough to make that happen.

    ConsAssociation with the US political-industrial complex. The stigma of working for the IMF will put off some employers after you finish working there. The stultifying, passive-aggressive, risk-averse corporate culture. There are promotion bottlenecks at every grade, and you'd better be prepared to conform with how people do things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clearer, be bolder, be more open, and more accountable. Treat staff like grown-ups.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    only good for economist who don't want to think independently

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostraining, travel, compensation,office space and services.

    Consarrogance of staff and management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to think about what their real contribution to this world is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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