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Updated August 12, 2015
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IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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  • And work-life balance is much better than Wall Street; 40 hours a week is typical (in 9 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits by US standards are routine by western European standards (in 5 reviews)

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  • Work/Life balance was a challenge during busy periods (in 5 reviews)

  • Not all staff economists are as competent as one may hope (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 years at the IMF

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coworkers and colleagues are from various backgrounds. Enriching environment. Lots of opportunities to both listen to discussions (when speakers come in to speak) and take some training courses online.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career movement/promotion potential, especially if you come in as a staff assistant. You have to really want to be an RA if you desire to move that way.


  2. fan

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    great place to work, great work environment

    Cons

    Not that i am aware of, might be little formal for some


  3. Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work

    Cons

    Giant bureaucracy and the associated internal politics can be tiring

    Advice to Management

    Hire fewer technically incompetent economists. Also, there is a serious case of "group-think" occurring at the IMF which needs to be addressed.


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  5. Reserach Assistant

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

    Pros

    highly educated staff, competitive compensation, interesting work

    Cons

    hierarchical promotional model that slows down the career progress.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to explore more opportunities.


  6. Nice place to work

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Beauracracy is very frustrating to deal with


  7. Helpful (2)

    the best place for an economist interested in International Macroeconomics

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    Current Employee - Deputy Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability, excellent pension benefits, and the possibility to travel for work virtually anywhere in the world make this a unique institution. It is a large bureaucracy, so forget about rising to the top as quickly as in the private sector.

    Cons

    Competition is fierce, and you will have to put many hours daily. If you work in a crisis country, you will know what is to work around the clock under extreme pressure. That said, if things go well, the satisfaction may be immense.


  8. Great Internship Experience

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    Former Intern - Fund Internship Program in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Fund Internship Program in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are super nice, smart, and hard-working. Projects are interesting. Great cafeteria at both IMF and world-bank. Interns are allowed to access all major fund resources as regular full-time employees, and quite a few of us have the opportunity to present their summer project.

    Cons

    There are not much training for interns, and you may have to work very hard to catch up with the full-time economist in a very short period of time. Whether you will have a productive and busy internship depends on your team dynamics, supervisors, and assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some formal training to interns on skills and databases that they may not necessarily be familiar with


  9. Unparalleled experience, highly professional staff

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

    I worked at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance was a challenge during busy periods.


  10. Great Experience for students to learn and grow

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    Former Intern - Extern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Extern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Experience for students to learn and grow

    Cons

    Hard for promotion for staff positions


  11. good exp and good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good working settings good staff

    Cons

    little bit disorganized and sometime low efficiency



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