The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
322 Reviews
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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.  

    good experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    great exposure to world bank work at local offices.

    Cons

    they do not provide any training

  2.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love my time there...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC

    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
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  5.  

    My first job after school, a great experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC

    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
  6.  

    A great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but well worth it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    It depends on who your manager is, but I have absolutley loved my experience here so far. The only people I have heard complain about the difficulties in advancing are usually not high performers.

    Cons

    I honestly don't think there are any cons to working here if you are smart and dedicated. The only thing I can remotely say is inconvenient is having to pay taxes in lump sums at the end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 2 year limit for ETC/ETT's should be reconsidered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    it was the best experience in terms of exposure

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    meeting the people there and the vast network of professionals

    Cons

    hard to shine in a big workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth of individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    short term consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    pretty smart people working there

    Cons

    hard to get a long term position

    Recommends
  10.  

    Invigorating, challenging, and intellectually stimulating.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely competitive environment while simultaneously cordial and diplomatic.

    Cons

    Constant, every ten year, restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term assignments for staff just create a sense of insecurity. Its better to have a five year term minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Very International place to work

    Cons

    A bit too bureaucratic sometimes

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