Pros: great learning environment, 2 days a month of paid vacations (cumulative), great cafeteria inside building, enough time to relax and have a good lunch and conversation with co-workers, etc.
Cons: no healthcare, no 401k, no tax deduction from salary, etc
A typical day at work was to update databases with macroeconomic data gathered by me or other research assistants, keep track of my boss's calendar and organize it to his convenience, individual and team planning for small and large meetings and seminars that took place, routinely customer service and problem solving of clients and external consultants – more... on payments, contracts, etc.
I would consider that the most enjoyable part of the job was that although you closely worked with your supervisors, you never felt they were on top of you all the time. You had to work independently, meaning you knew what you had to do and got it done in time. If you had some extra time in between, you could decide to take a longer break or lunch with your co-workers at the cafeteria or any restaurant close by, as long as you managed your time properly and obviously work got done in time.
This experience helped me perfect my time-management skills. Sometimes time seems to fly and that its never enough to get enough work done. Nevertheless, having good time-management skills lets you get more work done than what you think you are capable of. Other skills that I perfected were my communication skills, working independently and as a team skills, as well as my computer literacy skills, which were advanced but there is always something new to learn.
My co-workers were amazing. The best part was that I got to share with people from all over the world, learn their different cultures and costumes, and enjoy identifying their different accents.
The hardest part of the job was when reports were due. Most of the team had to stay long hours working for weeks until all the details were covered in order to submit those reports (e.i. Macroeconomic Sustainability Assessment, Independent Macroeconomic Assessment, Country Briefs, among other). Although job got a little hectic during these periods, everything was worth it. Once done, you felt empowered and reassured that you are capable of that and much more. – less