The World Bank
3.7 of 5 274 reviews
www.worldbank.org Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

The World Bank Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.7 274 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim

(91 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work life balance is great, together with the benefits and people"
    in 16 reviews
  • "The work environment differs greatly within the Bank"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "No benefits (retirement, health etc)"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Little chance to become full time staff"
    in 8 reviews
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    Great salary for expat consultants

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary - no income tax for US citizens

    ConsLittle chance to become full time staff. Consultants don't get any benefits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience in the International Development Field

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat place to learn about international development with the most talented people in the field.

    ConsNot enough opportunities younger staff to advance and gain meaningful experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Extremely stimulating and challenging working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTechnically very competent staff and great opportunities for professional growth. You need to be comfortable working in a very complex organization and be able to set up your own result agreement with your manager.

    ConsCompetitive co-workers who may take advantage of you for their own career advancement. If you are not in a research or more technical position, you will need to play political games to move ahead. Washington HQ sometimes pushes its own agenda which is not always aligned with the partner countries' preferences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote a more collegial environment based on true teamwork spirit. Continue to improve on respecting the partner countries' time frame and preferences.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Short term consulting role

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with people who care about making a change in the world
    Great benefits and compensation
    Try to work collaboratively with governments in the countries where they operate

    ConsVery bureaucratic and slow moving in making decisions. Also may take years to see the impact of your work
    Can take years to earn a permanent position
    Seems to be a disconnect between country offices and DC, however the organization is taking steps to address this

    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

    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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    compromised and uninspiring work under the cover of international development

    Economist Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Proschallenging, important and interesting issues to tackle

    ConsThere's no system to truly evaluate the effectiveness of the work (very different from the private sector where profits are at stake), and the bulk of the client (developing countries, poor beneficiaries) don't really have any say, yet it's a monopoly in attracting donor money. The work is highly transactional, mostly about putting out reports and processing operations, regardless of many quality issues. A lot of money gets spent without value added. Many things get copied and pasted in the most shameful way just to show that there are new products to claim credit for.

    This organization doesn't work for the poor. It operates to feed the existing employees. Some of the employees are very talented and well-intentioned, but the majority that makes up the culture are among the most uninspiring, cowardly and sycophantic that I've met. And many people agree.

    Unfortunately I stay because I love the issues that are to be tackled, and the ability to work directly with governments and have large scale impact. The potential for large scale impact however makes bad work all the worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more respect for yourself and be more honest about what is good work and good people. Stop covering up all kinds of quality issues and playing sycophant and fake democracy to win favors and get promoted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's not all it's cracked up to be

    STT (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIts overall mission of ending poverty, some interesting projects, international environment, nice peers.

    ConsNo benefits whatsoever to short term positions (consultants), professional growth is painfully slow, consultants are usually assigned to do the groundwork and have no voice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of useless staff employees (only there because of the benefits) and empower young professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just filling this out because I have to

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery interesting work in interesting places

    ConsNo benefits and little job security

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    A great place to work for.

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    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.

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworking with an amazing group of researchers

    Consthe organization is really big and slow moving

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