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Updated July 20, 2017
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OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría
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  • short-term contracts for most staff, nepotism, arbitrariness in staff decisions (in 5 reviews)

  • Parfois il y a un manque de leadership, du au profil acad (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Intern experience at OECD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really amazing experience-- great people who really tried to give me opportunities to do real work.

    Cons

    The "international" work environment may not be for everyone.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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

    I worked at OECD full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, international and collaborative environment, exciting projects, good salary

    Cons

    Especially for new hires: uncertain career perspective, relatively low pay, long hours
    Apart from that: IT system is strange (no access to e-mails from home? it's 2016)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great work, moves slowly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get great experience across a number of countries

    Cons

    Things can move very slowly and be quite bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Work on not just rewarding people based on tenure.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great benefits but great need for better management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary package, health coverage and benefits, such as home leave for expat staff, education allowance, dependent's allowance, etc. Prestigious organisation that is good to have on your cv.

    Cons

    Technical experts are hired for management roles with no managerial skill set. The past several years have seen much restructuring of central services which has proved rather ineffective. HR caters to management as opposed to having a real role in assisting employees with mobility or resolving conflict. Career advancement is often more about who you know as opposed to qualifications for the position.

    Advice to Management

    Hire staff with management skills for management positions.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Vibrant think tank environment for driven sharp minds"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Environment open for dialogue, where drive gets positively rewarded with more responsibility

    Cons

    For some people the think tank atmosphere remains a bubble. It might get frustrating to focus on best-practice and not see it being implemented by governments because of politics.. Yet that's the whole challenge you take on when going in there..

    Advice to Management

    Keep positively rewarding go-getters who get up to speed fast, willing to take on more responsibility while still doing the grunt work too


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I learned a great deal about professional communication and organizing a large task with a strict deadline."

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    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Management was very flexible about taking time off for a family commitment. The Washington office communicates well and includes its interns in office meetings.

    Cons

    It took some time to finalize the internship because of complications between my university and OECD headquarters in Paris. Most of that was my adviser's failure to complete the necessary forms though.

    Advice to Management

    I greatly appreciate your efforts to include the other public affairs intern and me in office meetings and decisions regarding the entire organization.


  7. "Dream place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you become a permanent employee, the dream place to be

    Cons

    all contract based in the beginning and difficult to find a next step

    Advice to Management

    provides contract for longer term!

  8. "leading international economic organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great platform to meet remarkable people who are passionate about making policies work better for the present and future generations. Truly multicultural workplace. Access to frontier research and forward-looking global debates. Intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Can be stressful. Requires ability to work under tight deadlines.


  9. "Great benefits, difficult career evolution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OECD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries, specially for expats.
    Overall interesting and international content.

    Cons

    Impossible or very difficult to move on. Evolution of positions are difficult.
    Big difference in salary and treatment among senior and junior/assistant staff.
    Working environment varies a lot depending on divisions but there are some where management does not exist.
    Lots of the advertised positions are full internally.

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about the evolution and aspirations of employees


  10. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OECD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, international environment, travels, interesting topics

    Cons

    No career perspective on short and mid term

    Advice to Management

    Encourage promotion


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