The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
305 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work in an international environment, good work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great internarional work environment and opportunities to travel (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • no benefits, cannot work more than 150 days per year so many end up working for free (in 14 reviews)

  • Job very specialized that doesnt allow you to move to the private sector (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning, work life balance

    Cons

    carrier risk , budget constraints , limited growth

  2.  

    Amazing experience, but at one's peril

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Colleagues, challenging work environment, interaction with diverse clients

    Cons

    Lack of leadership & overall risk aversion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collegial environment, great people, great benefits. I really enjoyed my time here and found the networking prospects to be excellent. This was a wonderful first job with lenient hours and great colleagues. People here really care about helping others and the network after completion of the program is top notch and opens up many doors

    Cons

    The work can get tedious at times but this is true with any first job. The system can be very bureaucratic and many people within the organization are only given very short term contracts now so job security is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give longer contracts, more job security

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience So Far

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are great and you get to see many different cultures from around the world. Nice positive environment.

    Cons

    Depends on where you end up working. Politics within the different countries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My first job after school, a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The main pro of working at the WB: people do care about having an impact and making the world a better place.

    Cons

    The main con? Dealing with government in such a large organization can be frustrating. The WB needs some red tape but things move slower than in the private sector (although you can be pretty busy as well).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Love my time there...

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the place. Awesome colleagues, varied areas of work to keep you interested. Very intellectually challenging and will keep you on your toes.
    They really take care of their staff. When I decided to quit - Massive questions - What can we do to make your life better? Why quit? don't quit. Take leave of absence, upto 2 years, and we will hold your position!

    Cons

    The usual problems of a large bureaucracy. Weird fund management. It is easier to expense a $5,000 trip to my budget than to get reimbursed for $80 book.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop excessive use of short term consultants. Adopt employment policies of UNDP. A series of term positions, but at least give them benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work, if you can deal with the bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job content and mission are great, as are colleagues. Lots of bright, hard-working people from around the world. Great opportunity to travel and influence policy at the highest level. Good job benefits

    Cons

    A slow-moving bureaucracy. Very political and not very meritocratic. Hard to advance other than through office politics. Undergoing a painful and pointless reorganization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work in a global environment and doing good.

    Cons

    It is a very competitive place with many highly educated staff. It can be difficult to advance your career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    "Being a contractor at the World Bank"

    Former Employee - PC Technician/Imaging
    Former Employee - PC Technician/Imaging

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meeting new people from around the world and assisting clients with technical issues.

    Cons

    No benefits. Management requested that you be 30 minutes before your assignment for this assignment,

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exposure to high-level work but poor conditions for consultants

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    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    High-skilled colleagues, exposure to important issues and policymakers, perceived prestige

    Cons

    The culture does not favor the growth of junior staff, especially short-term consultants. The upper management always seems to be expecting them to "pay their dues," and there is a lot of uncertainty regarding length of contracts.

    Neutral Outlook

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