The World Bank Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
290 Reviews

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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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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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    Operations Officer

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, develop solutions and make a difference.
    No tolerance for mediocre performance
    A large number of subject matter experts are available to call on. World Bank invests heavily in training and gives opportunities to rotate between different departments. HR will work actively with you to address career as well as personal issues.

    Cons

    Unbelievable high amount of travel. If you are in a different time zone, it does not matter to HQ. 16 hours during travel is routine. Most trips are three weeks long, covering 3-4 countries, making it exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have rolling deadlines. Too much bunching of projects at end of each quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Competetive Salary and over the top benefits

    Cons

    perks, work schedule, organization, and work environment

  3.  

    it was the best experience in terms of exposure

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    Former Employee - Project Member  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    meeting the people there and the vast network of professionals

    Cons

    hard to shine in a big workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth of individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging, but well worth it

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    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 2 year limit for ETC/ETT's should be reconsidered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good learning, work life balance

    Cons

    carrier risk , budget constraints , limited growth

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    short term consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant (STC)  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    pretty smart people working there

    Cons

    hard to get a long term position

    Recommends
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    Invigorating, challenging, and intellectually stimulating.

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely competitive environment while simultaneously cordial and diplomatic.

    Cons

    Constant, every ten year, restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience but hard to get promotions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Good salary, nice environment, and great place to make networking.

    Cons

    Too much old-school employees, which makes the changes harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Very International place to work

    Cons

    A bit too bureaucratic sometimes

  11.  

    Very good

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

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

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    The management was great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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