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Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated Dec 17, 2019

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3.7
77%
Recommend to a Friend
82%
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Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao
Takehiko Nakao
18 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "Stiff competition alongside career progression(in 4 reviews)

  • "slow pace, not a place to learn many new skills esp at country missions, not very competent(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern"

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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    Relaxing environment, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Depends on the sponsor, some interns complained that their sponsor did not give clear instructions

    Asian Development Bank2017-02-07
  2. Helpful (16)

    "Wasting public resources; distorting private sector incentives"

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    Consultant 

    I worked at Asian Development Bank for less than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of money at their disposal

    Cons

    - They WASTE that money - Novice nubes running projects work tens of millions sizeable portion of which is spent of travel and admn with precious little going to actual "poverty reduction" - lack of experience and low levels of professionalism at the highest levels!

    Advice to Management

    Please do the poor a favor and shut down

    Asian Development Bank2018-10-27
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Development focus to large extent in name and marketing only."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    High salary and benefits. International environment and opportunities to work in various countries. Interesting work and opportunities to move into new areas.

    Cons

    Significant differences in management quality. If you truly care about development impact, the incentives within the organization are extremely misaligned.

    Asian Development Bank2018-01-31
  4. Helpful (24)

    "Good benefits, but culture is soul crushing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits for doing very little work of substance, opportunity to travel and experience many new countries. Ability to become a specialist in other sectors even with no prior training.

    Cons

    Procurement takes months on end making it difficult to execute projects with quality, technology is about 20 years out of date, extremely hierarchal, many colleagues are territorial, its mission of poverty reduction is more story-telling rather than actual action.

    Advice to Management

    Take human resource management seriously. Get rid of your egos and listen to staff criticisms so people can grow and learn. Start evaluating people on the quality of work not just how many outputs they can produce or loans they can process.

    Asian Development Bank2017-03-31
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good working experience"

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    Recommends

    I worked at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    Good health insurance coverage and overall benefits Relatively good work life balance

    Cons

    Mostly vacancy driven promotions. Hard to transition from non technical to technical posts.

    Asian Development Bank2016-10-17
  6. Helpful (29)

    "Be careful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    good money ,lots of perks, based in Manila, which some people love and some people don't

    Cons

    an antiquated mind-set re: treatment of employees, useless HR, lots of bullying

    Advice to Management

    make sure you research who you will be working for

    Asian Development Bank2014-11-10
  7. Helpful (29)

    "Rewarding, interesting work and collegial atmosphere. Good place if you can stand the bureaucracy and living in Manila."

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    I worked at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    Well-respected institution in Asia. Some high-caliber, motivated staff. Comfortable expat packages. Opportunities to advance quickly if you have a good boss.

    Cons

    Cumbersome processes so one spends more time writing memos and lobbying for projects internally than making projects better for clients externally. Some dysfunctional departments. Powerful, insular HR that seems to make decisions that don't make sense.

    Asian Development Bank2013-09-25
  8. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Tashkent
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - good benefits - career development - mobility

    Cons

    - little salary increases - work overload

    Asian Development Bank2019-12-17
  9. "Great place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Development Bank part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice place to work! Huge company.

    Cons

    It could be stressful some times

    Asian Development Bank2019-11-19
  10. "Wonderful"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank

    Pros

    Medical insurance plan is good

    Cons

    Big company. A lot of coordination needed

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

    Asian Development Bank2019-11-07
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