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IFPRI Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great reputation worldwide; lots of talented coworkers; great benefits; fulfilling mission; travel (in 7 reviews)

  • Great work environment, friendly, international (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, all researchers lumped into one category regardless of skills (in 4 reviews)

  • Very oppressive work environment (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good for getting future phd, somewhat mediocre otherwise"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IFPRI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good for getting future phd, lots of opportunities to publish. Good for gaining data skills for at a couple years.

    Cons

    All research support lumped together into one category regardless of specializations. Limited growth for non-phds.


  2. "Some good some bad"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IFPRI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, reputation for good research in developing countries

    Cons

    Becoming more bureaucratic over time, particularly in past five years, making doing the research IFPRI is known for more and more difficult. Totally ineffectual, ossified management

    Advice to Management

    Board should force early retirement of director to try to inject fresh ideas

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Racism"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IFPRI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    G-4 Visa, benefits, location, nice coworkers

    Cons

    G-4 Visa holders are mistreated, low pay

    Advice to Management

    With the new Trump administration in place, you shouldn't make people from certain countries feel like their jobs are at stake. Not renewing contracts that aren't based on performance, mostly because of who likes you. People will treat you differently knowing that you're a G-4 Visa card holder, most of us are afraid to complain knowing that we risk that chance and HR is a joke. No one will help you, they act like they care but they are care-less and don't follow up on complaints against your manager if you do.


  4. "Communications Division is tanking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, flexible work schedule, generous sick and vacation time

    Cons

    What was once a thriving division with a healthy work environment quickly became toxic. The employee turnover rate has skyrocketed. Any issues you addressed often fell on deaf ears. Unbearable work loads, unrealistic deadlines and deliverables, and minor mistakes most times came back with a harsh review and threatening to be replaced. Most of the staff who has been there for 10+ years were either let go or decided to leave. The department is now mostly staffed with temporary workers from local hiring firms. The work environment is toxic during a time when the organization is currently facing funding restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    Effectively address the issues that are constantly being presented and don't sweep the under the rug.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401k-type retirement plan
    International staff

    Cons

    CKM is now ruled by an insecure dictator. It's a shame. It was like a family before the newish director came and fired half the staff and drove a bunch more away (she threatened firings regularly.) Staff were intimidated and forced to turn on each other. HR was notified countless times yet did nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of watching the ship sink because you refuse to accept that your new director is horrible, listen to your staff and find a decent one.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for retirement..."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IFPRI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good benefit: 25 days vacation, 20 days sick leave, in addition to 12 holidays;
    - Very good retirement plan (IFPRI will contribute 15% of your salary for 401K)
    - used to be a very friendly working environment
    - A good place to retire, especially for support staff, I suppose.

    Cons

    - Restrict or usually very slow promotion; career path for support stuff is discouraging. RAs and ACs' contribution are not truly valued or recognized.
    - LOW PAY; with budget cut, even less promotion or pay increase
    - Limited development, especially for support staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best International Development Employer"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very health and supportive organizational culture
    IFPRI pays 15% on top of your salary into your 401K with 0% contribution required on your part
    6 weeks of vacation per year
    Annual training and conference budgets for all staff

    Cons

    lower than average net salary offsets excellent benefits

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Non Researchers Need Not Apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good mission, good benefits. Collegiality within small spheres (though IFPRI has grown too large to be generally collegial). And many, many staff have a genuine desire to do good rather than self promote; it is a pleasure to work with them.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for any but research staff. Staff "consequence" correlated to education level--as long as advanced degree (ideally, PhD) is in economics or other science-related field. Other fields not viewed or treated as partners in the overall mission, or even as professionals in their own right.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the "little" people and acknowledge their contributions--they shoulder the lion's share of the un-glorious, behind-the-scenes work, and no organization can function without them. And, it's not all about fame and high flying; focus on how to really, truly achieve the mission.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Only PhDs should apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salaries.
    Good mission.

    Cons

    If you don't have a PhD, you are considered inferior.
    Communications and knowledge management staff are in a separate building which indicates what the rest of the organization thinks of them.
    Ineffective HR Department.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting projects, publish/author articles, and travel to different places

    Cons

    low pay, all researchers lumped into one category regardless of skills


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