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Asian Development Bank Reviews

Updated 6 Jun 2019

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3.7
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Asian Development Bank CEO Takehiko Nakao
Takehiko Nakao
14 Ratings
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  • "Stiff competition alongside career progression(in 4 reviews)

  • "slow pace, not a place to learn many new skills esp at country missions, not very competent(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    Very paternalistic. Regular wine testing andTGIFs, a large gym, squash courts and commissary.

    Cons

    The terrible traffic and pollution of Manila

    Advice to Management

    Consider moving HQ to another country!

    Asian Development Bank2016-10-31
  2. "great"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time

    Pros

    awesome growth prospects and career opportunities

    Cons

    hectic life but somewhat manageable

    Asian Development Bank2019-06-07
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Heirarchial, Inefficient"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Vacation leaves -Health benefits -Subsidized food in cafeteria

    Cons

    -Some colleagues are very territorial. -Limited growth for National stagg -Inefficiencies are all around -Very blind to change

    Asian Development Bank2019-05-24
  4. "Review of working in ADB"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, high-level scope, diversified working environment

    Cons

    Heavy workload, bureaucracy, office politics

    Asian Development Bank2019-03-24
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Best IFI on the market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Development Bank for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good learning environment. Ability to build life- long relationships with colleagues from all over the world. Solid projects bank which focuses on what it does best - infrastructure projects. Best of the three IFIs I have worked at. Processing are bureaucratic but work. ADB is generally a good employer.

    Cons

    Top down and old fashioned work environment. Difficult adjustments for expats coming from flat organization. Manila is not the most healthiest place to live.

    Advice to Management

    Select managers for their management capabilities

    Asian Development Bank2019-03-04
  6. "Interesting work and projects"

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    Current Employee - Investment Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    International team , unique projects to work on with lot of opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow internal processing

    Asian Development Bank2019-03-02
  7. "Good benefits"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mandaluyong City
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Asian Development Bank full-time

      Pros

      Secure workplace Diverse culture Good exposure to a global work environment Very different from private or other companies i have previously worked with

      Cons

      Long hours if necessary (depending on where you are assigned) High level decision jobs are usually dominated by expats

      Asian Development Bank2019-02-21
    • Helpful (2)

      "Great organization and international environment"

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      Former Employee - Senior Economist in Manila, Manila

      I worked at Asian Development Bank full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Good international environment and community

      Cons

      Difficult work life balance

      Asian Development Bank2019-01-16
    • "Associate"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Asian Development Bank

      Pros

      Good exposure Good pay and benefits

      Cons

      Work life balance can be improved

      Asian Development Bank2018-11-21
    • Helpful (14)

      "Wasting public resources; distorting private sector incentives"

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      Former Employee - Consultant 

      I worked at Asian Development Bank (Less than a year)

      Pros

      - Lots of money at their disposal

      Cons

      - They WASTE that money - Novice nubes running projects work tens of millions sizeable portion of which is spent of travel and admn with precious little going to actual "poverty reduction" - lack of experience and low levels of professionalism at the highest levels!

      Advice to Management

      Please do the poor a favor and shut down

      Asian Development Bank2018-10-27
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