The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.7 278 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

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great, together with the benefits and people(in 19 reviews)

  • The work environment differs greatly within the Bank(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Consultants comprise over 60% of the workforce at WBG headquarters, with no benefits or job security(in 13 reviews)

  • No benefits and little job security(in 10 reviews)

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    Bureaucracy rewards movement of money over truly sustainable development.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWell-paid positions are available here.

    ConsSenior management are way too full of themselves.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Nice environment of work

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMulticultural environment, the topics are variety and this is the right place to learn about activities of development organizations.

    ConsManagement is not always fair and your evaluation is too subjective. Your advancement depends therefore less of your performance and your dedication but more than the willingness of your boss.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance is well promoted and championed in that institution.

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

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    STC

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

    Prosgreat place to work, great learning experience for someone willing to learn, good pay

    Consslim chances of getting a permanent position, hierarchical, high chances of manipulation if not careful

    Advice to Senior Managementtry and be more open in hiring of long-term positions. Often, candidates are already identified1

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

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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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    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.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    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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