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Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vibrant think tank environment for driven sharp minds

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OECD

    Pros

    Environment open for dialogue, where drive gets positively rewarded with more responsibility

    Cons

    For some people the think tank atmosphere remains a bubble. It might get frustrating to focus on best-practice and not see it being implemented by governments because of politics.. Yet that's the whole challenge you take on when going in there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep positively rewarding go-getters who get up to speed fast, willing to take on more responsibility while still doing the grunt work too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned a great deal about professional communication and organizing a large task with a strict deadline.

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    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OECD

    Pros

    Management was very flexible about taking time off for a family commitment. The Washington office communicates well and includes its interns in office meetings.

    Cons

    It took some time to finalize the internship because of complications between my university and OECD headquarters in Paris. Most of that was my adviser's failure to complete the necessary forms though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I greatly appreciate your efforts to include the other public affairs intern and me in office meetings and decisions regarding the entire organization.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for a few years, but performance has nothing to do with getting ahead.

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Paris (France)

    I have been working at OECD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, intellectually stimulating environment. Depending on the manager, good work-life balance. Has enabled me to become a much better writer and analyst.

    Cons

    The policy of converting employees to long-term contracts after 5 years and letting go the rest means that valuable, high-performing employees are often let go due to political jockeying among managers. People who work hard do so for their own personal satisfaction and career goals, and should not expect strong performance to be rewarded with promotions or with conversion. Also, depending on the team, contributions by women are given less weight than those by their male colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tie performance to pay and abolish the ridiculously low ceilings on the number of people who can be converted each year in some directorates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Economist

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    Former Employee - Economist in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Economist in Paris (France)

    I worked at OECD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International environment. Nice working environment. Fully respectful and loyal colleagues.

    Cons

    Employees doing "research" there have usually not published in JCR journals (ie have not really competed in the real arena of research). The organization does not support real research (does not invite top researchers to give seminars and will not pay employees to present their working papers at conferences).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best among international organizations

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Paris (France)

    I worked at OECD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and intellectually stimulating work, even for junior staff members. Good opportunities to travel, with nice perks like business class flights (depending on the division) and . Posh neighborhood and beautiful offices. Good pay. Largely efficient administration - things get done on time and in a fairly rapid and pain-free way.

    Cons

    Most people are on short-term contracts (from 6 months) and this creates a lot of anxiety and low morale. The process of converting staff from short-term contracts to "permanent" posts is very controversial and the criteria unclear. People who have been there for a long time should be encouraged to do secondments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent about contracts, especially conversion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Consultant, OECD

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)

    I have been working at OECD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good networks, high influence. The position allows you to learn a lot relatively fast, although this varies greatly among directorates.

    Cons

    Slow & bureaucratic. Pay is very low if you are not in the system (i.e. Consultant positions), and this is quite a problem when considering how expensive Paris is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Trainee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OECD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible Institution;
    Exposure to great minds;
    Amazing working environment and work-life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, not enough even for a room in Paris
    Impossible to get hired or a consultancy straight after the internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OECD full-time

    Pros

    You work with great minds

    Cons

    Not enough management and not good work ethic among certain persons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, install a managerial program for staff

    Recommends
  10.  

    Trainee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OECD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity, young professionals, good work life balance (most of the times)

    Cons

    Difficult to be considered for full-time employment, most of the times a phd is needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excitant sur le plan intellectuel mais mentalité favorisant le cloisonnement Intellectually exciting but silot mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    I worked at OECD as a contractor (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Les personnes sont accessibles et ouvertes d'esprit, les conditions de travail sont supers et il y a de nombreuses activités extra-professionnelles et de nombreux clubs. C'est motivant d'émettre des contenus élaborés ainsi que d'avoir des dates limites pé

    People are accessible and open-minded, working conditions are great and there are various extra activities/clubs. Is it motivating to issue mature content as well as having regular deadlines that maintain a good dynamic.

    Cons

    Les gens travaillent en silo car l'approche/le management transversal(e) doit encore arrivé. Il y a quelques comportements égoïstes (les contrats à durée déterminée peuvent pousser les gens à se hâter (~20 % de rotation du personnel par an)) qui peuvent mettre une équipe sous des conditions stressantes.

    People are working in silot as transversal approach/management has still to come. There are some selfish behaviours (short terms contracts might push people into racing (~20% yearly staff turnover)) which can put a team under stressful conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Le recrutement de talents/le management devrait être renforcé pour mieux allouer les ressources, l'évaluation du travail devrait être systématique et le développement des compétences pourrait être une priorité.

    Talent detection/management should be enhanced to better allocate resources, work-evaluation should be systematic and skills development could be a priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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