IMF Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work but Hard to Advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    International Environment and Coworkers, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Quotas, Hard to Advance, Sometimes bureaucratic,

  2. Research Assistant (RAP)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant (RAP) in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant (RAP) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance was the envy of my friends. Rarely had to work overtime. But this depends on the division and time of the year. 3 weeks+ of paid vacation days. You also got relocation and resettlement benefits when you join and when you leave, which was about 15k, in addition to your base salary. The people there were really nice and it's probably the most diverse workplace on earth (except for maybe the UN).

    Cons

    Work gets repetitive fast and you sometime feel like you're not getting credit for what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to get the RAs to work on different projects. Give them the opportunities to write papers etc. They really appreciate this.

  3. IMF

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, job content, lots of travel

    Cons

    Poor promotion, too much travel

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good for getting experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    26 days of vacation, nice management and availability of training courses to learn more. great work life balance.

    Cons

    contractual appointments are easy but moving to staff position is hard.

  6. Staff assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful collegial and international staff to work with. Depending on the department, good opportunities for development and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Difficult and rigid career streams that are hard to break out of. Not much opportunity for advancement.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Great experience, terrible career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you join as a professional economist, it is a great place to gain experience. For support staff like office assistants, IT, research assistants, accountants, etc. there is almost a zero chance of professional growth and career advancement. Moreover, these days the IMF tends to hire many support staff on a contractual basis with hardly any job security. In my experience, the IMF is a political organization and advancement had more to do with your nationality and office politics than your merit. HR plays games and is obstructionist.

    Cons

    You grow old very fast--and very frustrated too.

    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency.

    Reduce politics from staff advancement which should be strictly on the basis of merit not nationality.

    Encourage good management.

  8. consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    salary is very satisfactory. working environment is also very nice

    Cons

    limited feedback to get regardıng the your work

    Advice to Management

    encourage employee to think freely

  9. Helpful (1)

    Less than stellar

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    26 vacation days, 12 sick days, on-site gym for nominal fee, Compressed Work Schedule (CWS) option, effort toward a professional development curriculum

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic, not an organization where one comes in at entry level and moves anywhere other than entry level, contractual/American staff must file quarterly taxes and also are responsible in covering the Self Employment tax (about 5%).

  10. Helpful (5)

    Just being honest...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Multicultural environment
    -Tons of learning/training opportunities
    -Great benefits

    Cons

    -No room for advancement when coming in at assistant level
    -Job responsibilities always changing so you may end up doing the work of senior officers, but remain compensated at your regular rate and when positions open for the job at which you have been taking responsibility for bureaucracy steps in and tells you you aren't qualified.
    -Ageism is a daily issue, not a very accommodating place of work for anyone outside of the Baby Boomers group (e.g. Gen X and Millennials)

    Advice to Management

    -Increase opportunities for mobility for lower level staff!
    -Acknowledge that Gen Y is becoming the new face of the IMF and incorporate opportunities for them to contribute and be heard. End ageism.
    -Provide more transparency between staff/contractuals and management

  11. Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at IMF as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Intellectually rewarding. Great benefits. International.

    Cons

    Unclear employment framework. Governance issues.

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