Asian Development Bank
3.7 of 5 12 reviews
www.adb.org Manila, Philippines 1000 to 5000 Employees

Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
Asian Development Bank – Manila – “Entrance to ADB Headquarter”

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsInternal 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 Senior ManagementIn 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding, interesting work and collegial atmosphere. Good place if you can stand the bureaucracy and living in Manila.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCumbersome 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.

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    Comfortable Job

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

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsVertical 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 Senior ManagementListening 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant working on several international projects

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe selective in who you choose for consultant positions

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    Multilateral Development Bank

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

    ProsWorking with a range of professionals from many countries.

    ConsCronyism and collusion among management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace cronyism and collusion with professional ethics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, ADB is a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Consdifficult expat bosses, salary taxable for Filipino and American staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more people-oriented, increase current salaries and benefits of AS.NS

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience work as consultant in ADB

    International Development Consultant (Former Employee)
    Male (Maldives)

    ProsSimple administration and reporting. Responsive staff for resolving problems.

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

    Advice to Senior Managementestablished a small team consist of government team to review the TOR before the consultant start working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very rewarding experience

    Investment Specialist (Former Employee)
    Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    ProsExposure to very interesting projects

    ConsPSOD is very small part of the Bank

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpand the size of PSOD and acquire more transaction and advisory expertise in the Public Sector divisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Phenominal

    Director (Former Employee)
    Lucknow (India)

    Prosgood work culture; had an opportuntiy to work with a senior public health specialist, who taught me to do in-depth analysis of issues.

    ConsI have not faced any problems during my work tenure

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy work was discussed with the DGM, and he liked it and have taken it further to work with the health ministers of Mekong region.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ADB is a "Good Client"

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

    ProsWell established procedures and clearly defined scope of work.
    Well funded - invoice payment is never a problem, as long as the paperwork is done correctly in advance.

    ConsVery strict compliance to procedures can be restrictive. Corrections to clerical errors and contract modifications can take a long time. Overall on par with or better than other donor agencies.
    Can be difficult to meet very strict personnel requirements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more flexibility for the engagement of consultants at the project level, including the evaluation of relevant experience in lieu of educational requirements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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