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J-PAL Reviews

Updated Sep 22, 2019

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4.0
79%
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J-PAL CEO Iqbal Dhaliwal (no image)
Iqbal Dhaliwal
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "I found managers who cared about my professional development and they helped me carve out a path of increasing responsibility and new challenges(in 5 reviews)

  • "Project management skills will be well developed(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not much work directly with majority of affiliated professors(in 6 reviews)

  • "They barely stands up for the RAs(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Manager, India"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J-PAL full-time

    Pros

    Lots to learn, great set of people, cutting edge policy research, interact with PIs, policy makers and senior folks in the industry, challenging fieldwork, opportunities to learn new things, inputs are taken and acted upon by management

    Cons

    Challenging and hard work, travel and could have long hours, career paths within JPAL are not super clear

    J-PAL2019-08-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to up-skill oneself, even with all systemic flaws. Be open to listening."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J-PAL full-time

    Pros

    1. Wonderful fieldwork experience. Can't get better than J-PAL 2. Rigorous team management skills. Too bad if you consider yourself a snobbish prude who has only excelled in academics. Management is an essential part of the job. Learn it here. 3. Develop brilliant insights on data science and management.

    Cons

    1. Not many career trajectory discussions - can leave the RA a bit puzzled and insecure. 2. Salary low BUT it's recompensed with additional skills to increases earning capacity in the future.

    Advice to Management

    It's an erudite management. I'm sure they don't need advice.

    J-PAL2019-09-14
  3. "Employment"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J-PAL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is lot of to learn

    Cons

    No downside of company this is very good to learner

    Advice to Management

    Make Equality in every location

    J-PAL2019-07-01
  4. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at J-PAL full-time

    Pros

    Purpose driven colleagues performing high

    Cons

    Role clarity missing for some staff

    J-PAL2019-06-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good work for environment"

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    Current Employee - Surveyor in Surat
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J-PAL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a action poverty lab to control the air pollution as well water

    Cons

    Management is not so good

    Advice to Management

    Hire some more people to manage the work

    J-PAL2019-01-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J-PAL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    J-PAL is a well known organisation especially in the fields of academia and research. From early on you begin to work with Economists who are at the top of their domains from some of the best universities in the world. Projects at J-PAL are managed like small organisations - it gives you a chance to get great exposure to setting up an organisation, hiring field staff, training and managing the entire field... operations.

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    Cons

    Very often people are sent to remote locations, where they are at the beck and call of the Economists. expectations are not managed well and most of the RA and RMs and project Managers are overworked.

    J-PAL2019-01-17
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J-PAL full-time

    Pros

    Great Place to work at. The people are great, there is immense scope for taking new initiatives. There is a lot of transparency and ideas are encouraged.

    Cons

    You may or may not be absorbed by the organisation when the contract ends

    J-PAL2018-08-27
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J-PAL part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a greta place to work at. i definitely recommend it

    Cons

    Some problems related to food.

    J-PAL2018-08-18
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J-PAL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked at J-PAL right out of college. The degree of autonomy and the amount of guidance from the organisation (i.e. managers and professors) was extremely balanced. Apart from high quality of research J-PAL exposes you to, there is a vibrant culture of work that lays a solid foundation to work-place practices for the future. That being said, like any other institution /organisation, it is up to an individual to... make the most of it.

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    Cons

    Hiring at J-PAL is per project -- experiences vary because of many factors- the stage of the project, PIs, location, to name a few! If the project is slowly moving, it can be extremely frustrating. If the location is very remote, there are other challenges. These factors are really not too much in your control and sometimes may not be to your liking.

    J-PAL2018-08-07
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good first job"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 

    I have been working at J-PAL full-time

    Pros

    Lots to learn and gain skills

    Cons

    Less pay, too much work, every project experience is very different and depends on PIs

    J-PAL2018-05-23
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