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Updated Jun 9, 2021

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IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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Pros
  • "Intellectually challenging work, good work-life balance, great colleagues(in 38 reviews)

  • "great work environment and compensation(in 34 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "not much room for growth in the non economist track(in 21 reviews)

  • "Serious review needed of compensation levels (below market) and tax treatment for contractual employees(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Amazing place to start career

      Jan 31, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing learning opportunities to grow! Amazing people and interesting and impactful work!

      Cons

      The max time is 4 years for the contract

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Recommend

      Jun 9, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Colleagues and managers are nice, smart, and respectful. Always given opportunity to learn and grow.

      Cons

      Only 4-year contract for contractuals

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company

      Jun 3, 2021 - Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work live balance, salary, benefits, vacation, people

      Cons

      hierarchy, hard to get promoted.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice place to work if in the right department/division. Don't expect to move up

      May 18, 2021 - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, leave, decent salary, great community. If you are in the right department and have a good office manager it can be great.

      Cons

      overworked and short staffed. teleworking is frowned upon unless you are an economist. long work hours, a lot of overtime. Contract based and very hard to get a permanent position. Very old fashioned some bosses treat you like there personal assistant and you have to do everything for them. US citizens have to pay taxes out of pocket as they don't get discounted. Have to do very old fashioned things like hard copies delivered to management. Management won't even print there own hard copies. unless you are friends or know somebody its hard to move to a higher position or get a raise. The office managers have to much power the HR department has no idea what is going on with staff assistants and research assistants. A lot of the office managers hire someone just because they are from the same country or a friend of a friend. you can work your butt of but they still wont get you a permanent position unless you are good friends with the office manager. Stay away from WHD and AFR. Procedures can be so complicated and outdated. A lot of competition between assistants because many of them depend on the job to stay in the US.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, limited mobility for pre-PhD employees

      Apr 14, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I came from the private sector and found the work-life balance to be unparalleled (of course there are peaks and troughs, but people don't need you to do facetime as much), the pay and benefit package very competitive (note that you are paid net of taxes), the work very interesting (especially if you're a policy wonk or a macroecon person). The people are professional and, in my experience, have been kind and supportive.

      Cons

      Limited mobility for pre-PhD employees.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to learn and network

      May 4, 2021 - Economist in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good compensation package, flexible hours, and opportunities for career development with a great selection of internal courses.

      Cons

      Visible assignments are scarce and often go to few; need someone in management to continuously advocate on your behalf; and management tout fairer representation, but lack the courage to follow-through.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Contribute globally

      Apr 13, 2021 - Economist in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sense of pride in making a difference around the globe Strong culture of excellence and commitment to the mission Decent salary and benefits

      Cons

      Work-life balance is a myth here...simply elusive! The institution will benefit from more diversity, especially in managerial roles

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      IMF

      May 3, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits Intelligent coworkers reasonable pay

      Cons

      Little room for promotion Super hierarchical

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place

      Apr 28, 2021 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work with generous benefits.

      Cons

      Less promotion opportunities for the entry level.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work for a little while if not a PhD

      Apr 16, 2021 - Research Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      International environment, location and colleagues

      Cons

      Not being able to move up without a PhD even though the job doesn’t require one

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