The World Bank
3.7 of 5 272 reviews
www.worldbank.org Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

The World Bank Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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3.7 272 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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    A great place to work.

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsI enjoy to meet people from all over the world every day. The diversity of staff is definitely a great advantage, especially for non-US citizens like me

    ConsCareer progression is slower than in many other organizations of the same size. There's weak differentiation in pay for high performers and average.

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

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

    ProsWorking with intelligent, passionate people in development. The people you meet really want to make a difference in people's lives. You will make connections that will help your career for the rest of your life.

    ConsThe perks could be better, especially for Short Term Consultants. It is very difficult to obtain any type of upward mobility. It is difficult to get staff jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should definitely provide more perks for STCs. They work really hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A wonderful place to work, though the impact is often hard to see

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsInternational, Intelligent colleagues, reasonable remuneration, interesting work, fantastic mission.

    ConsDifficult to see impact of work you do; not well designed for innovation.

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

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    Diverse, but challenging

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

    ProsVery multicultural staff so ideas are very diverse and varying. It is an intellectual stimulating environment. As an short-term employee, I had a strong ownership of the work I did.

    ConsIt is bureaucratic. It is definitely faster than most government agencies, but there are still some bureaucratic. It definitely is demanding in terms of work so work schedule isn't always optimal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure to not overwhelm employees with work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization for networking, growth and learning

    Junior Professional Associate (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt is truly worldly, well-compensated compared to non-profit organizations, and has healthy benefits package as staff (though with current budget cuts, I can't attest to how this is changing). Because the Bank is so big, with some initiative you can seek out your own interests and network and cross-over into new areas of interest.

    ConsInnovation can be crowded out by bureaucracy (as with any large institution). On some teams, a few hard workers carry others who do a really good job of investing a bare minimum of effort.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging, but well worth it

    Extended Term Consultant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementThe 2 year limit for ETC/ETT's should be reconsidered

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

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    best to join when you are senior enough

    Extended Term Consultant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat access to resources in different disciplinary fields and developing countries
    good pay

    Conshierarchical and bureaucratic
    young people not valued enough

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

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    it was the best experience in terms of exposure

    Project Member (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosmeeting the people there and the vast network of professionals

    Conshard to shine in a big workplace

    Advice to Senior Managementpersonal growth of individuals

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

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    short term consultant

    Consultant (STC) (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prospretty smart people working there

    Conshard to get a long term position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is good and so are the benefits.

    ConsIt can be a stressful bureaucratic place.

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

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