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IMF Reviews

Updated Oct 14, 2019

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IMF CEO Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde
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  • "Hard to grow if you are not an economist(in 19 reviews)

  • "Serious review needed of compensation levels (below market) and tax treatment for contractual employees(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Respectful and Fair"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by wonderful people from all over the world trying to make a positive impact for the benefit of the global community

    Cons

    surrounded by so many smart people, it can be a little intimidating

    IMF2019-02-18
  2. "Senior Economist at IMF"

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    Current Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interactive, multicultural, many resources, salary

    Cons

    Possibility to became staff is difficult

    IMF2019-10-14
  3. "Challenging, competitive, and dynamic"

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    Current Employee - Institutional Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive benefit offerings, trans-formative work environment for any career type, and value placed on positive change.

    Cons

    Overall outlook depends on department and job function--specialized career streams are often given more room to grow. Not many cons for younger staff with the exception of having to endure drawn out long term career growth. Value on traditional credentials and experience are keeping highly talented individuals away from this type of institution.

    IMF2019-09-26
  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Section Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment with smart and culturally diverse staff.

    Cons

    Weak managers with limited skills in management.

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    IMF2019-09-29
  5. Helpful (1)

    "this is a great place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    people are from internationally, and no judgment on your race or accent

    Cons

    promotion is slow , and not that transparent

    IMF2019-09-07
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good processes. Boring work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Nice buildings and facilities. Good processes in place.

    Cons

    If you're young and innovative, you'll be bored out of your mind. The culture is very old-school, traditional, and extremely hierarchical with very little room for young ideas and innovation.

    IMF2019-08-11
  7. "Good platform"

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

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great opportunities to work on a international scope

    Cons

    a huge organization with bureaucracy.

    IMF2019-07-18
  8. "Good place to work and learn more things"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very good benefits and training

    Cons

    You can lose in the complex hierarchy

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    IMF2019-07-13
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A nice environment to grow generalist skills"

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    Current Employee - Economist 
    Recommends

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    It is a large organization offering plent if opportunities. People are nice to each other. The exposure to global economic and political developments is unpralelled.

    Cons

    Career progression is a bit slow. The culture is hierarchical.

    IMF2019-06-19
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great international working place"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Offers intense and rewarding hybrid experience between policy making and research across a wide spectrum of countries.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, it comes with some rigidities. Promotion can be difficult to come by due to intense competition and relatively flat organizational structural. Depending on the department, work style can also be rather hierarchical.

    IMF2019-06-18
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