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African Development Bank Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at African Development Bank (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, busy schedule, substantive work.

    Cons

    Disorganized intern program, early days are not the most exciting work wise.


  2. "marketing agent"

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    Current Employee - Marketing and Business Management Specialist in Africa, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing and Business Management Specialist in Africa, MO

    Pros

    My country is developing and there is plenty project that need to be finance. The agricultural sector is very buoyant. Subsidize agriculture and approach farmers in Ivory Coast will be an asset and profitable for the bank and for farmers. Real estate is a sensitive and interesting sector for bank in Ivory Coast. Help market women who shopping vegetables will get them closer to the bank and save their revenues a save. I think that if I have this opportunity to work as marketing agent I will promote the bank for these sectors to subscribe to my country's development program.
    I am from French country and I most speak French because my background language is French.
    Sincerely yours

    Cons

    developpe the country,help farmers and local business mens.

    Advice to Management

    the bank mus be closer to the populations, to consider their project.


  3. "Wasted potential"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Tunis, MI
    Current Employee - Economist in Tunis, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be positioned to make the difference on the African continent. Had potential to do it through innovative thinking and meritocratic appointment particularly at senior management level

    Cons

    Dysfunctional organization, Appointment not based on merit but connection,


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not to much to write about"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great guys, and nice opportunity to meet people from different countries

    Cons

    poor management and they really need to understand the ethic of banking


  6. "Good place to work in Africa"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    Tax free salary. Diplomatic privileges, Good education and health package.

    Cons

    Give more importance to external candidats than internal ones. No clair career path.

    Advice to Management

    Consider internal candidates for vacancies.


  7. "African institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well managed african based institutions

    Cons

    interference of politic in the Bank business


  8. "Basic"

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    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at African Development Bank (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for beginners with little to no experience in the world of development, due to it's diversity and scope of reach.

    Cons

    Lacks guidance in honing young people's skills/interests as they're used on a need basis rather than long term for organizational growth.

    Advice to Management

    Know the young peoples needs/talents/interests; they're the future!


  9. "Unfair Treatment of Consultants by some Divisions / Managers"

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    Current Employee - Consultant - Resource Mobilization & External Finance (FRMB II) in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Current Employee - Consultant - Resource Mobilization & External Finance (FRMB II) in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good work environment for development work in finance on the African continent
    2. Opportunities to show case experience even though it's not market relevant in the private sector
    3. Good benefits package for staff
    4. Excellent working conditions

    Cons

    1. Working as a Consultant in a Facility might not be a good idea as some Task Managers are very mean. Know of a Consultant that was constantly being humiliated by the Task Manager.
    2. Unfair termination of Consultants' contract by Divisional Heads and Task Managers.
    3. Poor judgement by Divisional Heads and Departmental Directors.
    4. Never work for a boss that is experienced in the same field as you are as expectations management might prove very messy and your manager demanding unrealistic deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    1. Management is advised to change the head of the Private Sector Facility Administrator as the staff is not the appropriate person for the job
    2. Do not hire Consultants if you cannot budget some expenses on providing training. Consultants are like every other regular staff.
    3. Stop demanding excessive and unrealistic expectations from Consultants.
    4. Bad task and division managers should be changed or fired.


  10. "Internship experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The internship gives good experience and allows for exposure towards a range of divisions within the bank. It is a good launching pad if you are interested in applying to the AfDB's YPP.

    Cons

    I am in the country office which is not as busy in terms of operations compared to the HQ in abidjan. Therefore, you don't get the complete experience of what its like to work at the AfDB.


  11. "Working Conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working hours are good. Flexi Hours

    Cons

    The organisation is very bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    improve communication


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