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Updated December 4, 2017
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Pros
  • They take work-life balance seriously (in 25 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance, good work environment and benefits (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Low work flexibility, strictly rule based, poor work -life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Dominated by Europeans, a lot of discrimination, you have to be part of networks to have career advancement (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Comfortable zone"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, friendly colleagues, no so tense.

    Cons

    Too comfortable, easy to burn passion.

    Advice to Management

    Give more tasks based on long-term projects.


  2. "Great benefits, interesting job if you're an economist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are the best. Diverse cultures.

    Cons

    Career progression is very slow

  3. "HR Benefit Administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and atmosphere. Excellent benefits, especially for expatriates. Best annual/sick leave benefits in the area.

    Cons

    Advancing your career will take many years and much creativity in touring through a vast range of positions within the HR job family. Especially if you start under a contractual position which means you have 4 years to apply to a staff position if you want to stay longer than that as 4 year is the limit for contractual employees in a life time.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work, keep it up. Think creatively in was to keep good talent in administrative positions. We've seen great people come and go after the 4 year contractual term and training starts all over again every time.


  4. "RA jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Access to vast resources and interaction with established policy makers & scholars.

    Cons

    Very limited career opportunities for contractual employees.


  5. "Excellent benefits and opportunities for networking"

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    Former Contractor - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management allows independence to employees to work the way they feel is best.
    Benefits are some of the best you will find and employees are taken care of well.

    Cons

    There isn't a whole lot of mentoring for younger employees, informally or formally.
    Easy to hit a wall in terms of your career level and find it hard to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into mentoring and giving opportunities to more junior employees.
    Spend more time taking care of your team instead of only yourselves.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Contractor - Division Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Division Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work alongside some of the world's smartest and engaged people.

    Cons

    A two-tier culture which places contract labor against "full" employees.

    Advice to Management

    Consider better internal training opportunities.


  7. "Promotion is slow"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great atmosphere, strong international and tolerant culture.

    Cons

    It is a stressful place, and this creeps up on you over time.

    Advice to Management

    It needs a better HR strategy.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Research Officer"

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    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Challenging projects; interaction with high level national authorities; very talented colleagues;

    Cons

    Slow career development; slow career development; slow career development. Can't stress enough

    Advice to Management

    Time doesn't equal experience


  9. "overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    onsite parking, cafeteria on site

    Cons

    bad management, too many big wigs


  10. "Working at the Fund"

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

    Pros

    World top level of expertise, diverse environment, good salaries

    Cons

    Low work flexibility, strictly rule based, poor work -life balance

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility to enhance work-life balance


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