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Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Relaxing environment, nice people to work with

    Cons

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


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Good benefits, but culture is soul crushing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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    Procurement takes months on end making it difficult to execute projects with quality, technology is about 20 years out of date, extremely hierarchal, many colleagues are territorial, its mission of poverty reduction is more story-telling rather than actual action.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

  3. "Good working experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    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.


  4. Helpful (20)

    "Be careful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  5. Helpful (24)

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

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    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.


  6. "Senior operations assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    ADB is an international organization with a very professional environment

    Cons

    Sometimes there are less opportunities to move further

    Advice to Management

    Please give chance to Lower level staff


  7. "Secretariat Officer"

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    Former Employee - Secretariat Officer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Secretariat Officer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, comparable benefits, suitable physical working environment

    Cons

    Stiff competition alongside career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Maximize human and financial resources in line with mission and values.

  8. "Youth for Asia"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom of work, many good connections to high level people, tax-free workplace

    Cons

    lack of clear guidelines and goal, no team structure, very last minute assignment, based on personal connection more than fairness. No possibility for career advancements.

    Advice to Management

    KPIs, regular reviews, clarity on the goal and equal treatment to the team member it's a must to boost performances and be successful.


  9. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Building, Friendly People, Great environment

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure. Few holidays. Manilla weather


  10. "ADB remains an OK place to work, but will decline soon if it fails to improve its management system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    (1) Good work-life balance.
    (2) The civil servant's permanent status gives a peace of mind.

    Cons

    (1) Almost-random quality of supervisors, which unfortunately not equal in terms of managerial skills. I have stayed long enough to see that the "survival mentality" of the manager kill subordinates' motivation.
    (2) Tough vertical mobility especially if you are not in core departments or outside the HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management quality by ensuring each manager possesses the right managerial skills. The good brand of ADB continues to attract good talents but mediocre management may deter them to stay long.


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