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Updated Jan 15, 2021

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IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde
228 Ratings
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
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Jan 15, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Intellectually challenging work, good work-life balance, great colleagues

      Cons

      Upward mobility impossible without an economics phd

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      It’s not about talent or effort.

      Oct 20, 2020 - Functional Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Stable job, work-life balance, great benefits

      Cons

      Managers v mediocre, cautious and unoriginal thinking rewarded, morale is low.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Highly bureaucratic institution

      Mar 7, 2020 - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Outstanding benefits, good salary, international atmosphere, great colleagues, decent work-life balance and some interesting projects.

      Cons

      Limited career growth and learning opportunities, most promotions are based on kinship or groups (is who you know and what can you do for them) but not necessarily merit-based, you really have to hustle / coffee meeting your way up, there is an active social life there. If you are just interested in just job security, benefits, socializing until you retire, this is the place for you. US nationals and green card holders, you are better off looking for opportunities somewhere else.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      top IFI

      Jan 19, 2020 - Advisor in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      pension and compensations are well above peers, education and other benefits,

      Cons

      extremely competitive environment, sometimes careers rely more on networking than on clear path, frequent and long travels, poor work life balance at entry levels

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to work

      Apr 24, 2019 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -good benefits, good work-life balance, very diverse place

      Cons

      -hierarchical, contractual positions, not much room for advancement if you enter at entry level

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent

      May 23, 2019 - Projects Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Respect, work life balance, collaboration, passion

      Cons

      Career development, long term opportunities

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Research Assistant Program, a great career starter

      Mar 20, 2017 - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Compared to the employers an economics graduate would be looking at for competition, the Fund offers a much more collegial environment with respect for a work life balance. The RAP in particular presents a great opportunity as it allows you to do research work and learn firsthand what it means. The staff are also very supportive of goals after the Fund, as they understand that the term is limited and that the aim of the program is moving on to bigger and better things. The name recognition of the IMF carries forward very well. Relative to comparable positions in DC the compensation and benefits are above average. We have access to a myriad of classes, seminars, and conferences very few people have access to. Working hard feels good because what we do matters and makes front pages. With effort, your name can even be on the publications as an author.

      Cons

      Highly seasonal workload that may have you work 60 or 70 hours in a peak week. However, that happens everywhere and it is averaged with lower intensity weeks over the long run. This is not the position (RAP) if you want a long term career off the bat. This program is great for those who want to garner experience and a reputation in macroeconomics for 2 years before moving on to graduate school or another job. No tuition reimbursement or scholarship programs for outstanding performers.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good benefits but poor opportunities

      Jun 26, 2019 - Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      compensation and benefits, work/life balance, diversity

      Cons

      Poor career opportunity, mid-management not engaged, All changes made together

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    9. 5.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Amazing organization

      Feb 16, 2019 - Contractor in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      International organizations. Brilliant people.

      Cons

      Work life balance could be improved.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Benefits, limited growth

      Jan 22, 2019 - Staff Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, nice staff, and good work life balance.

      Cons

      Limited growth opportunities for assistants

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