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Updated December 5, 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. "Promotion is slow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Bureaucratic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, benefit is attractive

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, thus not very efficient

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IMF Sri Lanka located in the Central Bank"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small but Strong Team
    Excellent Resident Representative who takes good care of the staff
    Extensive research to a country's economical status

    Cons

    Everyday it's the same. I wished they looked into financial grants in a broader manner.
    Should not let the government take control to cover up financial fraud.
    The staff and the whole IMF should take a stand against the misuse of grants.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond the ordinary!!!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Research Officer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    They take work-life balance seriously.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to move up the career ladder as a RA


  6. "overall good experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Good work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMF full-time

    Pros

    diverse, multicultural environment
    great benefits for expatriates
    good place for work-life balance

    Cons

    promotion is very slow, especially for non-economists
    lots of office politics

  8. "Working at the Fund"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Great work environment in multicultural setting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, world class professionals, top daycare available for employees. Great opportunity to work in a multicultural environment.

    Cons

    If you're hired as an economist it's easier to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink possibilities for advancement for all staff.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "IMF a great place to retire from"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IMF full-time

    Pros

    Money, benefits and nothing else

    Cons

    Everything else, it is a culture of complacency and mediocrity, at best

    Advice to Management

    The IMF is a relic of the Cold War and no longer needed. They cannot forecast or predict anything (not like they ever could). For all of the conspiracy theories about the IMF, they are all false. The IMF does not control the world economy nor anything else, except to make people and the rest of the world believe that they actually can...The sad part is that they are like the Wizard from Oz, all smoke and mirrors but less entertaining...


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