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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 25 February, 2015
Updated 25 February, 2015
350 Reviews
3.5
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Pros
  • Work life balance can be good if the travel schedule isn't too onerous (in 23 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 18 reviews)

  • The culture does not favor the growth of junior staff, especially short-term consultants (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Consultant

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    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.  

    The Bank is a very exciting place to Work but Managing to move up in The organization can be tough.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    The satisfaction of seeing developing countries innovate or implement new strategies is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Does not want permanent employees but getting part time contracts and policies that do not allow continuation of tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The rotation of upper management is good but not often practiced. Also tasks are constantly redistributed to other task team leaders unnecessarily which is hard to see fruits of project preparation vs completion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Review for short term consultancy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    The work was interesting, the salary was reasonable. The Team I worked with was very professional and reflected the Bank's work values.

    Cons

    The hiring procedure was complicated, and I suffered from delay in receiving my compensation. The timeline of the project we agreed on kept changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management would be to reduce the red tape procedures for hiring consultants.

  6.  

    Great organization, great exposure but had a difficult time working there

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    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The WBG is a great institution to work if you enjoy the exposure to other cultures. I really enjoyed my time there sharing with people's backgrounds, experiences and culture. It has a great deal of professional and engaged people. People who really care about helping poverty ends. It has great benefits if you are a full term employee.

    Cons

    It is difficult to grow in this institution. If you have plans to learn and advance your career this place is not for you unless you don't care to spend 15+ years or even more here. It also people that abuse of the power...Specially on your reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Large bank with great benefits and relatively relaxing work enviroment. Maybe salary is a little less than industry but the stability and benefits compensate. Lots of ops to learn more.

    Cons

    For some the same as the pros

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Built a financial model to advance solar energy projects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Great resources to research. Fantastic and organized management. Provided our team with the direction and motivation to succeed.

    Cons

    Slight lack of communication with senior heads deterred the pace of the project. Also some internal politics that limited us from contacting some organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great organization with a lot of opportunities to advance. Please keep up the great work and keep attracting bright minds to work on your projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    It was the great organization i work with.

    Cons

    big office exist of national and international staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people
    Everyone I met was committed to their work and extremely intelligent.
    You meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    People can be a bit staid and formal. Also, some cultures don't like to shower as much as others. In the DC summer heat, this can sometimes be a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Very professional environment at work. They give you freedom to work at your best level. There is no politics at work.

    Cons

    They do not give full employment only contractor roles. Contracts are for 6 months and renewable thereafter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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