IMF Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2021

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4.2
82%
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IMF Chairman and Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde
170 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
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Amazing place to start career

      Jan 31, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Amazing learning opportunities to grow! Amazing people and interesting and impactful work!

      Cons

      The max time is 4 years for the contract

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      research experience in leading international organzation

      Oct 1, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Leading research in macroeconomics and finance

      Cons

      institutionally very strong and many meetings

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Stimulating job but mostly for econ PhD

      Oct 6, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to work with great minds on global economy topics that you read on in newspapers in an international setting; good pay plus cushy benefits

      Cons

      Still quite hierarchical institution with slow upward mobility. Hard to advance if does not have PhD in economics or in wrong career stream.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place

      Jul 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefit and lovely workspace

      Cons

      Too much work and crazy travel

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Overall a very nice place to work

      Jun 30, 2021 - Staff Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits and people from all over the world.

      Cons

      A bit bureaucratic and hard to climb up.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Current Economist

      Jul 8, 2021 - Economist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Salary is without taxes for non citizens.

      Cons

      Very very slow. Growth and promotion comes with years of service rather than Merit and effort

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Recommend

      Jun 9, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Colleagues and managers are nice, smart, and respectful. Always given opportunity to learn and grow.

      Cons

      Only 4-year contract for contractuals

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, limited mobility for pre-PhD employees

      Apr 14, 2021 - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I came from the private sector and found the work-life balance to be unparalleled (of course there are peaks and troughs, but people don't need you to do facetime as much), the pay and benefit package very competitive (note that you are paid net of taxes), the work very interesting (especially if you're a policy wonk or a macroecon person). The people are professional and, in my experience, have been kind and supportive.

      Cons

      Limited mobility for pre-PhD employees.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice place to work if in the right department/division. Don't expect to move up

      May 18, 2021 - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Great benefits, leave, decent salary, great community. If you are in the right department and have a good office manager it can be great.

      Cons

      overworked and short staffed. teleworking is frowned upon unless you are an economist. long work hours, a lot of overtime. Contract based and very hard to get a permanent position. Very old fashioned some bosses treat you like there personal assistant and you have to do everything for them. US citizens have to pay taxes out of pocket as they don't get discounted. Have to do very old fashioned things like hard copies delivered to management. Management won't even print there own hard copies. unless you are friends or know somebody its hard to move to a higher position or get a raise. The office managers have to much power the HR department has no idea what is going on with staff assistants and research assistants. A lot of the office managers hire someone just because they are from the same country or a friend of a friend. you can work your butt of but they still wont get you a permanent position unless you are good friends with the office manager. Stay away from WHD and AFR. Procedures can be so complicated and outdated. A lot of competition between assistants because many of them depend on the job to stay in the US.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company

      Jun 3, 2021 - Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work live balance, salary, benefits, vacation, people

      Cons

      hierarchy, hard to get promoted.

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