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Updated February 22, 2017
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IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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  • Depending on the assignment, work life balance is a challenge (in 7 reviews)

  • If you are an American, especially caucasian, there is no room to advance at all (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse staff, enriching culturally and professionally.

    Cons

    The institution is too bureaucratic.


  2. "Great Place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at IMF full-time

    Pros

    - Very active work environment
    - Great place to learn

    Cons

    - Not everyone can work on research


  3. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, no working pressure

    Cons

    low efficiency, poor management and no flexibility for certain department. Some mid-level manager has been in the organization for over 20 years. The system is very out of date.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new people from outside


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  5. "Communications/Digital Publishing Officer,"

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    Former Employee - Communications/Digital Publishing Officer
    Former Employee - Communications/Digital Publishing Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IMF provides an excellent working environment, impeccable learning opportunities and a chance to work in an international and diverse environment.

    Cons

    Hard to get permanent position

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Chief"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, intellectual and stimulating environment

    Cons

    Challenging environment to work in, very closed

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders, expect high standards from each other and mangers
    Facilitate the culture change that needs to happen


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Every stereotype about bureaucrats"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing number of vacation days
    Pension benefits (if you can stomach being there that long)

    Cons

    Horrible management
    Very insular
    "You're here to do what I say, not to think"

    Advice to Management

    Use the skills of ALL your employees, not just the managers


  8. "Steady but hard to advance if you are supporting staff - not a mainstream economist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, nice colleagues, knowledgeable people, good retirement plan and long holidays.

    Cons

    Boring and hard to advance if you do not have a PHD or JD...To be honest, you are not part of the mainstream if you are not a economist, there are few positions for the supporting staff, I felt like I can see the rest of my life there if I do not make a change myself.


  9. "Bizarre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional atmosphere in an international melting pot.

    Cons

    Static careers for most. Only the dark side connected people make some advancements.

    Advice to Management

    A little bit more fairness can go along way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management, great opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    travel the world, very good pay, international surroundings, great xmas party and cafeteria

    Cons

    bureaucratic, inefficient, slow, very few opportunities for advancement, staff unmotivated

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Facilities are modern and accommodating (standing desks)
    Diverse environment

    Cons

    Contractual framework does not allow for job stability or career growth. Also has a significantly negative impact on institutional knowledge.

    Systems are over-customized and constantly interrupt workflow.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the employee framework to allow more flexibility in the converting of contractuals to staff. Foster a greater appreciation for non-Economist roles.



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