EBRD Reviews

Updated 22 March, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Secure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and reputation of the org, access to international org career

    Cons

    Bureaucratic slow lack of budget to make things happen, high turnover in some areas

    Advice to Management

    Too political

  2. Helpful (1)

    The best days are behind us...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can still make a difference if you manage to navigate the organisation.

    Cons

    Increasingly hierarchical, losing focus on operations, follow-the-leader cult. HR is useless, and increasingly fad-driven. Increasing job insecurity for junior staff is tilting the organisation to inverse pyramid structure, and will create big problems soon.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing complexity and bureaucracy is not the way to take the EBRD forward. Get the headcount cap removed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great exposure over countries of operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * depending on the sector teams - but great deal flow
    * senior bankers who know their stuff
    * work life balance

    Cons

    * too few juniors vs. senior staff
    * HR is terrible and never on your side
    * no job security if you are in a short-term contract (they keep rolling them)

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, international culture, friendly employees

    Cons

    large high small bottom up structure limit career opportunities for analysts and junior bankers

  6. Helpful (1)

    Super bureaucratic but good pay and cafeteria

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, little work, great cafeteria, extra money if you are an expat from abroad

    Cons

    Super bureaucratic, advancement not based on merit, particularly at higher levels. Incredibly underqualified people at top positions. Feels like you're stuck in one of the ex-communist countries before 1989

  7. Over 5 years working at EBRD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - talented international open-minded staff
    - travel
    - reasonable social security package

    Cons

    -bureaucracy
    - staff with same background lands different contracts

  8. It was Ok for a while

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EBRD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    London-based, benefits, people, mandate, making some difference

    Cons

    decision-making (or lack of), buraucracy, outdated IT infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Take a quality leap into 21st century

  9. Helpful (1)

    ALL depends on how much your manager will fight for you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    multicultural, well educated colleagues, interesting projects

    Cons

    extremely non-transparent in terms of compensation

  10. Helpful (1)

    Lots of good things going for the organisation, but looks better on paper than it is in practice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Smart colleagues from all over the world
    - Friendly work environment
    - Good compensation and benefits packages

    Cons

    - Highly bureaucratic, office politics at the senior level
    - Silos and some rivalry between different departments
    - Large differential between perks for those on permanent contracts and others

  11. Good institution undergoing through the process of sometimes meaningless change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Banker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Banker in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at EBRD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent project finance experience. Good international experience. Professional and friendly staff.

    Cons

    "Glass ceiling" exists for progression to management positions to the nationals from the Countries of Operations. In addition subjective negative perception of some senior managers adds additional obstacles to career progression of otherwise qualified staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive defending the Bank's mandate and values to the shareholders. Be more fare to staff.

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