OECD Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Vibrant think tank environment for driven sharp minds

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  3. oecd review

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    Former Employee - Trainee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Trainee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very international people, good work ethic, good location

    Cons

    some people might find the work a bit dry and it is a bit behind closed doors


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  5. Some Potential outlooks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good multi-cultural climate. Nice services such as shuttle service or Infirmary station within the offices.

    Cons

    Not enough pay as intern. Expensive (non-subsidised) Cantine.

    Advice to Management

    Pay Interns the minimum wage and more motivation and competition will occur


  6. Working at the OECD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to put in your CV in you want to follow a career in the area Good opportunity to meet people from all over the world and network Salaries are good in general (if you are not an intern)

    Cons

    In most departments, the workload is just too much - 70 hours /week sometimes and weekends. Top executives are working there for too long, given less space for young people to get a permanent contract in the organization - these days, when you turn 5 years there, which makes mandatory for them to give you a permanent contract. they kick you out. You hear a lot about OECD recommendations and good policies but it is only in theory because inside the organization they don't follow anything they stand for - precarious conditions to employees, too much work, offering 3 months contract to young professionals over and over again (sometimes people stay there 2 years with 3 months contracts), etc.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the policies you advise to countries and companies


  7. Interesting multicultural work environment

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Assistant in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OECD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting and important areas of work, professional staff, good training oppportunities. Interesting work environment with colleagues from all around the world.

    Cons

    HRM has a too big impact on decisions. Very hard competition, centralised organisation with little room for variation when it comes to jobtasks in some parts of the organisation

    Advice to Management

    To take better benefit of staff's competencies, think more long term, reduce HRM power and improve HRM procedures. Reduce the length of temporary contracts (max possibility today is 8 years).


  8. Job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, access to governments and seriousness of work

    Cons

    Management style difficult to work for


  9. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work. Poor Management. Little to no real life experience for most employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OECD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great access. Prestigious name to put on one's CV. Interesting work and speakers at forums and events.

    Cons

    Trainees are treated as cheap labour, very few get to stay on (and the ones that do seem to be mostly male...)

    Advice to Management

    Keep trainees on - losing a lot of knowledge and high turnover is never good for a business


  10. Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Forward thinking and caring towards its employees, everybody works hard but is very well looked after by HR section. Would highly recommend working here if you get the opportunity

    Cons

    Demanding work hours especially for contract staff, lots of job insecurity, perks are not as good as they used to be especially for newly hired staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging all staff to succeed and keep looking after them well. Consider looking at more possibilities for permanent employment for people


  11. Helpful (4)

    Rigorous work, brilliant people, sketchy hiring process

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OECD full-time

    Pros

    Work is conducted at an incredibly high standard so you will learn a lot. Office atmosphere is very pleasant and friendly and low stress. HR will really take care of you. Lots of opportunities to collaborate and work across directorates, etc.

    Cons

    If you are not an official staff member (i.e. a consultant) there is low job security as you are subject to funding changes. Many official staff openings are unofficially intended for people who were consultants before (but not always). Even as an official your contracts proceed on one-year renewals and then you may be let go after five years...

    Advice to Management

    Straighten out the hiring process to solve the fake vacancy problem. I understand the desire to hire someone vetted for an official staff position but there are many competent people on both sides of the table.



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