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Working as an RA is a great job for a recent economics graduate

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Former Employee - Research Assistant (RAP) in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Research Assistant (RAP) in Washington, DC

I worked at IMF full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Fast-paced work, and working with international colleagues makes the experience very interesting. Obviously, researching cutting-edge policy issues is fascinating.

Cons

The social atmosphere can take some getting used to. Parts of it are very much dominated by older, white American and European men, which can make the work setting feel very stiff and competitive.

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  1. A good job for someone new to the job market, but with no promotion opportunities, it is short term by design.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, international and congenial workforce, excellent research resources.

    Cons

    A good job for someone new to the job market, but with no promotion opportunities, it is intentionally short term. It can be difficult to access interesting projects, due to the promotion policies for economists and competition for research opportunities and credit. Research assistants are hired on contract, so management does little to keep the assistants stimulated and productive.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce a mentorship program for research assistants and add incentives for good work such as application processes to join mission work or small bonuses.

  2. There is room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balanced worklife
    Competitive pay rate
    Respectful people

    Cons

    Advancement is tough especially when one starts out as an assistant

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