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Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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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 (5)

    "Good benefits, but culture is soul crushing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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    Procurement takes months on end making it difficult to execute projects with quality, technology is about 20 years out of date, extremely hierarchal, many colleagues are territorial, its mission of poverty reduction is more story-telling rather than actual action.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 (18)

    "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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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. Helpful (1)

    "Best Asian Employer"

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

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, perhaps better than that of the World Bank. Good benefits as well. Good work culture. The presence of international staff makes the place truly an international knowledge hub. Peaceful living conditions. The host country - the Philipinos are a very polite people and they are respectful of others.

    Cons

    The deadlines could be deadly at times. Public transportation and traffic in Manila is horrible. Routine bad weather - approximately 20 typhoons in a calendar year.

    Advice to Management

    Please increase the retirement age to that of your comparators. These days people live long and well. When ADB retires its staff at age 60, they do so when a staff member is at the height of his/her career and has much more to offer. Then, there is the one year colling off period, which is insanely long. Please consider reducing this to six months.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Guilded cage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Still excellent benefits package and building, everything done for you once you arrive

    Cons

    HR stuck in 1970s Japan, top down paternalistic culture, opaque career management and assessment, etc

    Advice to Management

    Get into the 21st century

  8. "it was great experience working for the Bank."

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

    Pros

    good salary, health benefit, education benefit for children

    Cons

    only people from member countries can apply


  9. "Secure place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Flat org structure and limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Consider improving work rotation opportunities.


  10. "Balanced institution"

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    Current Employee - INV Specialist
    Current Employee - INV Specialist
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent organisation, great mandate, interesting work

    Cons

    could be perceived as slow paced and too public sector oriented


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