Asian Development Bank

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Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
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  1.  

    It was a great privelege working for an established company such as Asian Development Bank

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    Former Employee - Access Control Officer in Mandaluyong City (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Access Control Officer in Mandaluyong City (Philippines)

    I worked at Asian Development Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with Asian Development Bank has broaden my social and interpersonal skills as well as communication skills when handling customer related experiences. It has taught me to never deviate from the standards and this has taught me to be a more disciplined employee.

    The perks that come with my job in Asian Development Bank is that aside from having medical insurance it also has a very good compensation in terms of Philippine peso. I also consider having a fun environment as a perk.Also one of the perks of having to work in Asian Development bank is having people to know that you work for one of the prestigious company in Asia.

    Cons

    Maybe some of the security guards that came from a certtain agency can be rude. I find it when visitors of the bank come and visit, they find that their names are not on the visitor's registration list, rightly so, they will become upset. The visitor's list should be updated to save everyone the hassle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    I worked at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    Well-respected institution in Asia. Some high-caliber, motivated staff. Comfortable expat packages. Opportunities to advance quickly if you have a good boss.

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes so one spends more time writing memos and lobbying for projects internally than making projects better for clients externally. Some dysfunctional departments. Powerful, insular HR that seems to make decisions that don't make sense.

  3.  

    Asian Development Bank

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    Current Employee - Communications in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Communications in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The ADB can give you an incredible insight into the politics not only of Asia, but of Asia's place in the global stage. This is a place that makes you think about what it takes to keep growth going, what environmental costs are involved, and how long Asia can thrive with such wide gaps growing between its richest and poorest residents.

    Cons

    Never have I worked at a place more bureaucratic or more stuck in a work culture better left to "Mad Men." The ADB is struggling with its future right now - it's being pushed out of its niche by competition from China and being left without resources by donors in North America and Europe. The Asian region is powering ahead, meaning there's more appetite ideas, not necessarily infrastructure, and a preference for no-strings-attached loans. Many of the people in higher-up positions at ADB can't adjust, can't cope and can't compete. The organization itself is having a hard time opening itself up to different, faster, leaner ways of doing business and dropping some of the hierarchy and bureaucracy that makes it slow and expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the tough decisions and implement them with efficiency. Realign and redesign. Take a hard look at compensation packages and decide whether these are appropriate for the times we live in. But most importantly: drop the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Unless you are getting a full time position, contract consultants are like second class employee.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Asian Development Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good boss and great overall aim and goal of the Bank (helping poor!).
    Great conferences with respected speakers for motivated employees to participate.

    Cons

    Constant reminders that contractors are not full timers and have very different benefit package (travel allowance, cannot participate in development courses...ect). The cubic work environment for the contract consultants are in the basement with little-no sunshine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle level manager should not propose project beyond the work load the team can produce. As with limited resources, the project sees no prospect to finish and in the end do not get support from the upper managers. (The project is expected to take 6 month, but the team members consist of all part-time contractors with maximum 3 month contract, and most of them at the end of their contract already when the project was proposed.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment to work with, with lots of highly-educated people. Comparatively good salary and benefits. Offers stability with permanent/pensionable positions are still in place. The spirit of helping people in developing countries is essential morale boost.

    Cons

    Internal bureaucracy can be taxing. Slow in reforming itself compared to sister companies, leaving the company with old-fashioned, centralized structure to Manila HQ, hence resident missions are under-equipped and working less optimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the medium run, the only logical path is for ADB to decentralize and giving more authority to the resident missions around the world, hence allowing the missions to fully utilize their full knowledge of their respective countries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Comfortable Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, little stress, opportunities to travel, opportunities to work with people from many different nationalities and cultures, low targets that are easy to achieve.

    Cons

    Vertical hierarchy, many promotions are highly political and non-merit based, significant micromanagement of staff, backward and dated IT infrastructure often makes it difficult to efficiently execute tasks, inconsistencies in management and high variability in the quality of management, quality human resource management and providing incentives to motivate and retain better staff are largely absent, weaknesses in dedication to quality technical assistance and poverty reduction, limited innovation, many inefficiencies due to highly bureaucratic processes, more emphasis and investments in managing perceptions rather than investing in actual change and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening to concerns of staff and undertaking changes or providing logical reasoning of why concerns cannot be addressed can go a long way to improving staff relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Multilateral Development Bank

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    Former Employee - Senior Environment Specilialist in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Senior Environment Specilialist in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with a range of professionals from many countries.

    Cons

    Cronyism and collusion among management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace cronyism and collusion with professional ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Consultant working on several international projects

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    Good to work with, good support in the field, and helpful on contract management

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, can take a long time to get a project moving due to the slowness of development partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be selective in who you choose for consultant positions

  10.  

    Overall, ADB is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best cafeteria in town, cheap lunch available, great working environment

    Cons

    difficult expat bosses, salary taxable for Filipino and American staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people-oriented, increase current salaries and benefits of AS.NS

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    My experience work as consultant in ADB

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    Former Employee - International Development Consultant in Male (Maldives)
    Former Employee - International Development Consultant in Male (Maldives)

    I worked at Asian Development Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Simple administration and reporting. Responsive staff for resolving problems.

    Cons

    unclear term of reference. No preliminary team established as consultant counterpart to proceed the activity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    established a small team consist of government team to review the TOR before the consultant start working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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