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A fun job but your satisfaction depends on entering into the right group

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Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

I have been working at IMF

Pros

Great place to build a strong background as an economist; it is a unique place to get and exchange information about the world economy; wonderful travel opportunities; remuneration package was once outstanding, then it became only good now it's very good

Cons

You need to get into the right "group" or network to have a satisfying working experience and career perspectives at the IMF. It is not hard if you work hard and you are young. If you get to the IMF as an EP (entry program) your position is relatively better than if you get in as an experienced economist.

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Find ways to rotate management faster, and give more power to junior positions

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    Excellent Opportunity to Acquire Relevant Entry-Level Experience; It May Open Many Doors Elsewhere...

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

    I have been working at IMF

    Pros

    - Excellent opportunity to acquire relevant entry-level experience prior to graduate school
    - Optimal environment to explore potential career paths, particularly if unsure about a PhD in Economics or something else
    - Steep learning curve
    - Flexible working hours, beneficial for personal life balance
    - Potential to get involved in relevant publications
    - Tendency to be admitted at top graduate schools afterwords
    - Top salary and benefits
    (note that the actual salary offered is net of taxes; the values posted here are likely to be an estimate private sector salary around 27% higher than the actual amount received)

    Cons

    - Some senior staff have missed the technology train and often require rather silly assistance with very basic tasks (you can only be patient!...)
    - Work environment can become quite dry and boring
    - If you realize economics is not for you, it becomes difficult to keep up the motivation although the Research Assistant Program's beauty is that you are hired for 2 years and are actually expected to leave the organization at the end of your contract in order to pursue graduate studies or further professional experience elsewhere if judged necessary

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    - Keep an eye on senior staff with high tendency for micromanagement. Some of these often hamper one's productivity by missing the big picture and requiring extra work on rather irrelevant requests.

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    Fine

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

    I have been working at IMF

    Pros

    Intelligent analysis, good economics, good benefits

    Cons

    Government-like bureaucracy, too many lifers just promoted for having a pulse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the dead wood, particularly the B levels

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