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Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
96 Reviews
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Pros
  • And work-life balance is much better than Wall Street; 40 hours a week is typical (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work/Life balance was a challenge during busy periods (in 5 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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  1.  

    Golden hand cuffs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF

    Pros

    Benefits: travel, leave, tax allowance or expat benefits, great working environment

    Cons

    Little growth, beaurocratic, "mans world".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor managers that are not held accountable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Staff assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful collegial and international staff to work with. Depending on the department, good opportunities for development and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Difficult and rigid career streams that are hard to break out of. Not much opportunity for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    salary is very satisfactory. working environment is also very nice

    Cons

    limited feedback to get regardıng the your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage employee to think freely

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of financial benefits but outdated work practices, does not foster talent and tenure structure promotes bullying.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The financial package overall is attractive, although very little growth can be achieved on the initial offer and no bonuses. Opportunity to work with some intelligent people and on the international stage.

    Cons

    Embarrassingly outdated work practices. Organisation is unable to identify, foster and encourage talent. Endemic passive-aggressive bullying and intimidation. Predominantly frustrated workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a way to fire the non-performers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Demanding work environment and limited prospects yet can be rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The place to be if you are a hard-core economist interested in trying to do some good for countries in bad shape rather than make big bucks in banks (you will still earn a comfortable living!).

    Cons

    Despite ongoing efforts, still bureaucratic, lack of prospects, and not the place to go for work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad but could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits
    Competitive salary
    Laid back environment

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement especially if you start out as a staff assistant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to staff assistant advancement. Some of us hold masters degrees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Many bottlenecks to promotion

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - External Relations Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - External Relations Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues from all over the world

    Cons

    Poor system of performance management and recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take on board the suggestions from the recent staff survey

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great training ground after graduate school, but ultimately a frustrating place to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a great training ground for macro economists, where you will continue your education in applied macroeconometrics. It also has a large group of very smart, very dedicated, very thoughtful Ph.D. economists—something few other employers can offer.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is stifling, with far too much paper work and too many internal procedures. Given the large amount of talent in the building, you would not know it, as you are not encouraged and compensated to have a public role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    There is room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Balanced worklife
    Competitive pay rate
    Respectful people

    Cons

    Advancement is tough especially when one starts out as an assistant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very promising job, just so and so

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    It pays quite well if you are at the start of your career. The workload is not very demanding and it has pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get higher positions, the salary will grow at extremely low pace and the politics in this institution is a bit too much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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