IFPRI Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Senior Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IFPRI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, positive work atmosphere

    Cons

    Some project managers aren't that great

    Advice to Management

    Set clear priorities for research support

  2. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at IFPRI

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Substantive work given to interns, lots of cool events you can attend for professional development, free food.

    Cons

    Quantitative skills necessary for all jobs.

  3. working here for three and a half years. Great working environment. I can learn a lot for colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IFPRI

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

    Pros

    vacation, not too stressful, work-life balance

    Cons

    compensation, professional development is limited if you don't want to get a phD

    Advice to Management

    more professional development for people who don't want to get a phD

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  5. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IFPRI

    Pros

    Decent working environment and intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Salary could be much higher

  6. research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFPRI full-time

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

    Pros

    - a great learning experience in terms of economic analysis and Stata programming. keep informed of the current development in the field
    - commitment to high quality academic research
    - friendly colleagues, collegiate environment
    - support for professional development, graduate studies, PhD's
    - great work/life balance, on average 40 hrs/week

    Cons

    in general not much to speak of. work can be occasionally boring with lots of technical programming and the feeling of no real impact of the work.

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    IFPRI Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFPRI

    Pros

    There are many resources for RAs to build skills (applying for grants to take courses, in-house workshops), learn from peers, and obtain field experience in developing countries. People are very friendly and have a good work-life balance for the field.

    Cons

    Need team managers rather than more high-level management positions.

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    Pre-PhD, Research Analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation for relevant policy research. People will respect your work experience at IFPRI. The benefits are outstanding, even at the pre-PhD level. There are some really smart people from around the globe and IFPRI provides a great entryway into the global development community. They do provide opportunities for training and skills upgrading.

    Cons

    Depending on your supervisor, mentorship can range from being completely absent, to misguided, and even become outright abusive. Quality standards can easily become compromised in the face if uncertain funding streams or controversial research results. The funding model breeds anxiety and career uncertainty for many people. There is not always a clear transition from the pre-PhD level to postdoctoral or research fellow. Some people have even been held back from pursuing PhDs due to false promises about providing references and research funding--this is critical for international staff/students.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better transitions from pre-PhD levels upward.

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    Senior Research Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work environment, friendly, international

    Cons

    No real opportunity to publish article or lead your own research

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company -- cares about employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFPRI full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are really low for the work you perform

    Cons

    No promotion potential unless you have a PhD

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work if you have a PH.D in economics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Management is full of researchers promoted to the position with no real world experience managing people. Not a lot of communication between managers and staff. Very little opportunity to grow, unless you have a Ph.D in economics.

    Advice to Management

    Provide advancement opportunities for all employees, not just those on a Ph.D track. Invest as much in your employees as you expect them to invest in the institute.

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