The World Bank
3.7 of 5 245 reviews
www.worldbank.org Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

The World Bank Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.7 245 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim

(80 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Invigorating, challenging, and intellectually stimulating.

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsExtremely competitive environment while simultaneously cordial and diplomatic.

ConsConstant, every ten year, restructuring.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Experience

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I worked at The World Bank

ProsVery International place to work

ConsA bit too bureaucratic sometimes

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Very good

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than a year

ProsIt is very exciting to work on research projects that are useful to people in the world. The short-term consultant position was very helpful because I was able to able work on my own hours.

ConsThere was no cons! The leadership and administration were very good. I was completely satisfied with the job. I would recommend this job to my friends.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management was great!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Washington, DC

I worked at The World Bank as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Incredible learning experience
- Very experienced employee
- Limitless knowledge base

Cons- Complex and very large structure

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best possible way to start a career.

Help Desk Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsCulture, people, common goals, not feeling separated from staff as a contractor.

ConsThe slim chance of becoming staff from a contractor position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work for.

Consultant (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than a year

ProsInteresting projects on development, a lot of opportunities within the organization to explore, and fun people.

ConsYou need to travel from time to time, depending on the project, this may be a concern for family person, especially with kids.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience

Junior Professional Associate (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsIt's a great place to learn how the world works. This involves both learning about how a large international bureaucracy manages itself, as well as learning about governance in developing nations.

While the Bank as made some mistakes in the past, it is really a place where you can make a positive impact on the world.

NO INCOME TAXES! Foreign employees in the DC office are exempt from US income taxes, and the Bank pays state and local income taxes for domestic employees.

ConsIt is really hard to get a job at the World Bank. Don't take it too hard if you are rejected. Above a certain threshold, it is almost random who gets jobs and who does not.

There are a lot of politics: personal, organizational, and sometimes ever geo-political. This can be stimulating if you like that sort of thing, but those who are not politically savy will struggle.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep fighting the good fight. More IFC investments, less structural adjustment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I loved my short 2 year stay at the World Bank/IFC but alas my contract ended but offered another chance I would return

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than a year

ProsInternational organization, great people, doing good things around the world.

ConsVery difficult for someone from the outside to get in. They are not hiring staff anymore and you need to get in as a contractor and now the good long term contracts are getting harder to get.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing - a blessing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe best place - we are a family

ConsThere is no cons - thank you

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great performance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stimulating environment but have patience

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsExtremely dynamic work environment - you are working with some of the brightest and most motivated people from around the world

Consit is a a HUGE organization. Males from non Western countries can be difficult and challenging to work with - since they look down on women, and are afraid of American women..so hard to get hired on their projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementWatch out for nepotism

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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