The World Bank Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Pros
  • The work is interesting and the work-life balance is great (in 23 reviews)

  • The work environment differs greatly within the Bank (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Consultants comprise over 60% of the workforce at WBG headquarters, with no benefits or job security (in 18 reviews)

  • Very tough place for short term consultants (in 8 reviews)

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77 Employee Reviews

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, travel, mission, people, international development

    Cons

    I don't have anything that would be considered a Con for the world bank.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have open lines of communication with staff and focusing on the mission


  2. Great place to work

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

    I worked at The World Bank (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, excellent balance between work and comfort

    Cons

    career opportunities would be better


  3. JPA

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Colleagues, Interesting Work Opportunitites

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic at times


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  5. Senior Enterprise Architect at the World Bank

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is truly amazing and focused on a single vision platform to end world poverty by 2020. I enjoy working in this organization. The people are diverse and truly talented and inspiring.

    Cons

    None. I believe the organization is growing and maturing every day to meet its goals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out to architect the enterprise to achieve the desired outcomes of the strategic mission.


  6. Great place to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You live the organization's values . Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Some times you will work under unqualified people who have been in the bank for so many years and they refuse to accept new changes and technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the passionate qualifies people.


  7. Public Policy Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Great technical level. Great coordination and cooperation to work on projects.

    Cons

    Sometimnes a little too bureaucratic but nothing to worry about

    Advice to Management

    Always take into account stakeholders´views and opinions.


  8. Great Place to Work -- Need to know how to network

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere, interesting work and professional environment
    - wide variety of opportunity available.
    - beautiful main entrance (good for beginning and ending the work day, if you're at headquarters)

    Cons

    - extremely beneficial to have language skills
    - no training program
    - bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training short term and extended term consultants, extend time for STCs and ETCs to have the opportunity to work at the Bank (more than 150days)


  9. Economist

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

    I have been working at The World Bank (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. What you make of it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities, people, travel, international culture, progressive views, flexibility, adaptibility

    Cons

    Very large organization mired in complexity

    Advice to Management

    Less jadedness, more enthusiasm


  11. Worked as an intern in private sector development focusing on Africa. Enjoyed it greatly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The team I worked on here was very results oriented. I was encouraged to work creatively and was rapidly assigned additional responsibility according to my ability to take it on. I was immediately able to make valuable contributions and have my work recognized.

    Cons

    I didn't personally experience many cons, though I heard about some. Typical cons I hear are that it is hard to get a staff job, and that things can be overly bureaucratic. My unit was not overly bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation could be improved for entry level workers to make more competitive with private sector opportunities. Also, benefits for consultants could be better. For example access to the gym would be appreciated.



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