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Updated January 31, 2017
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  1. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFMR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very competent research staff, reasonable policies regarding work-from-home, leave,etc
    Lots of opportunities to travel to the field, staff meets, etc.
    Get a lot of responsibility early on - steep learning curve in early months, but flattens out later

    Cons

    Unreliable, difficult support staff - especially accounts. No transparency wrt reimbursements, salary structure changes, taxed levied, etc


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFMR full-time

    Pros

    Skilled leadership that is committed to the goal of financial inclusion, lot of investment into employee development and training, responsive HR unit, interesting work

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough to achieve, no other significant con worthy of report on this web site


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Highly Flexible work schedule
    -Work on interesting research projects with academics who are open to mentoring phd aspiring individuals
    -Field experience in an open environment
    -Opportunity to practice writing research proposals
    -Chance to work with talented Research Associates
    -Mission is good

    Cons

    Very little room to innovate, terrible organizational management, top level management is disconnected, organization is spread too thin, only functional office is Chennai, heavy reliance on lowest level employees (RAs are the only talented professionals here), work is always chaotic, no growth opportunities, no investment in employee's welfare, no support given, very minimal training or onboarding given, if you want something done do it yourself but then get your hands tied up by top level management who don't know what they are doing, finance / accounts department is a mess so expect delays on expense reimbursements and salary, if you are not an Indian citizen then good luck getting them to help you settle because they won't (visa process alone is a nightmare on your own). To summarize, the organization feels like it was just started a year ago even though they have been around for almost a decade. I'm not sure how they've lasted this long and why they keep getting donors to give them money, but I'm pretty sure they are just piggybacking off J-PAL / IPA who have minimal presence in India. Not a good organization for those looking for stability and professional development. If you just want field experience, then go for it, but get out quick. The high turnover here speaks for itself. No one lasts more than 2-3 years at most.

    Advice to Management

    Completely invest in your people. If they need support or help in terms of admin / operations / HR / accounts then give it to them, don't just say nice things, actually help them. The talk of change is big here but the action is minimal. Meetings always produce nothing, and that means top level management is incapable of following through on the recommendations that come out of those meetings. My advice is to hold top level management accountable for organization's failures. Likely would have to fire many top level people and replace them to see real improvements in the organization as some old dogs just can't learn new tricks. Hire admin people with the same high standards that are applied for RAs.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Worst organization in development sector"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chennai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at IFMR full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with scholars in the field, academicians from top universities

    Cons

    The role should be called Admin associate instead of Research Associate - you are forced to waste your time doing useless things that can be given to a much lower skilled person. The only way to move up is to suck up to a few seniors. No appreciation for talent. There is no feeling of camaraderie among people. Poor culture. Senior managers will literally bully you. And once you are on field, expect to get zero support from office. They are trying to teach finance to the world and their own finances are always screwed up

    Advice to Management

    Look at the culture in other organizations. There is respect for talent. Come out of your smugness and do away with the bureaucracy and politics, so unnecessary in such a small setup


  6. Helpful (3)

    "My experience"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Team Member in Chennai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IFMR full-time

    Pros

    They sold their brand as someone working for good cause.No work so life good place to enjoy your personal life.Not one will stop you in wasting your time even in office.

    Cons

    No learning, all facilities but no work, seems a set up to fool investors or donators, only sycophants will sustain here,if you can get another job then please take it beacause IFMR is more or less a scam that will get exposed sooner or later.

    Advice to Management

    Please calculate how much amount you guys took as salary and how much you invested for well being of poors.Please stop financial empowerment for yourself.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "work place review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It offers good research environment , qualified and dedicated team, well known in development research circles , high levels of integrity in data collection and analyses

    Cons

    Very adhoc in management -processes flouted ; whimsical top management - favourtitism works wonders- used more as stepping stone for career abroad


  8. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good modelling work, Good Manager

    Cons

    Work life balance, Tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at IFMR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with scholars from across the world. Good place to be creative and is suitable for research oriented professionals.

    Cons

    Career growth path is undefined/ limited. High attrition rate.


  10. "Good Company"

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn and interact with international scholars.

    Cons

    Even though you have good opportunities, less salary for field staffs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Very fine organisation to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good management
    friendly environment
    flexible work
    good organisation culture
    very good career opportunities
    learning environment
    dedicated employees
    good employee care

    Cons

    Location chennai- at times its a big problem due to the climate there
    some times the work gets repeatitive.
    6 days a week work

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good works.



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