IMF Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
82 Reviews
3.7
82 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • And work-life balance is much better than Wall Street; 40 hours a week is typical (in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, travel with many jobs, intellectual stimulation (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No career mobility, terrible work life balance and the starting compensation is paltry (in 3 reviews)

  • Staff are overqualified for what they do and very low turnover, so opportunities for career development and advancement are very limited (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great organization to work for but depends on your Dep.

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

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great benefit and pleasant work evironment. You will have a lot to learn from the smart economists

    Cons

    Your experiences is largely depend on which department/division you're in. If you are lucky to be in the important division (I mean many important projects in the division), you will have a lot to learn but it will significantly increase your OT as well..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good experience

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

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits, work environment, training offered

    Cons

    no career growth, poor management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great people. Everyone is friendly and it is about family. Find your niche and soar....the sky is the limit
    -Great learning environment and ability to move into positions and learn new technologies and subject areas.

    Cons

    None. Treats everyone well and you are allowed to expand and grow as much as you are willing to put into it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Underutilized and overqualified.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits, international staff, high profile organization.

    Cons

    Staff are overqualified for what they do and very low turnover, so opportunities for career development and advancement are very limited. Highly bureaucratic, excessively hierarchical and slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on internal development and outcomes (rather than process). Consensus style decision making and excessive politeness is stifling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    tough but great experience

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

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you learn new things every day, almost automatically. bright staff, highly motivated and driven. excellent salaries, lots of annual leave, great insurance.

    Cons

    limited career opportunities, great mass of of older staff, work day and night, incl weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change incentive structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMF

    Pros

    Good lifestyle, nice people and PhDs

    Cons

    Less exciting as investment banks

  8.  

    Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and flexibility are nice. The work can be interest at times. Great training available

    Cons

    limited upper mobility. the culture is poor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Currently job hunting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF

    Pros

    Diverse staff and professional training opportunities

    Cons

    No career mobility, terrible work life balance and the starting compensation is paltry.

  10.  

    Demanding work environment and limited prospects yet can be rewarding

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    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The place to be if you are a hard-core economist interested in trying to do some good for countries in bad shape rather than make big bucks in banks (you will still earn a comfortable living!).

    Cons

    Despite ongoing efforts, still bureaucratic, lack of prospects, and not the place to go for work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting assignments, exceptional work-life balance

    Cons

    Mobility is a big issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a better place for younger people

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