The World Bank Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, excellent balance between work and comfort

    Cons

    career opportunities would be better


  2. 4 years of experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse colleagues with experience from all over the world. Truly global organization with projects and presence all over the world.

    Cons

    Poor management, incompetent IT department (hundreds of IT staff that can't get one system to work properly), clumsy procurement (pay delays are common), lack of transparency in terms of HR, hiring and promotions. Merit is the last thing that matters. It is common not to hear back for few months after interviewing. Unnecessarily complicated procedures for even the smallest task.

    Advice to Management

    Start with providing a clear manual of procedures. revamp the whole IT department - they are way to many that do not contribute anything and they hire contractors for everything anyway. Have transparent hiring and promotion procedures and focus on career development as oppose to creating additional layers in the already unsustainable reverse pyramid structure


  3. JPA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Colleagues, Interesting Work Opportunitites

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic at times


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Great environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The World Bank is multi-cultural, lots of extremely smart and motivated people all in the location. Despite recent reforms, the benefits are still good - vacation, pension, parental leave, etc.

    Cons

    The work environment has become toxic in the last 2 years, reforms and fear of losing one's job have destabilized the organization and have demotivated otherwise excellent and committed staff.


  6. software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Software Applications Engineer in Lanham, MD

    I have been working at The World Bank (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere. Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    limited advancement. progressing higher is very limitedc


  7. GF LEVEL at the bank

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Good exposure if in the right team

    Cons

    Contracutal issues if not a staff


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not the best place to build a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, some staff are dedicated to the mission which makes for a brilliant work environment sans politics

    Cons

    Very convulated political atmosphere that favors sucking up to managers rather than staff performance, poor managerial skills in many units and no real commitment to improve the situation. The bank would rather protect bad managers and lose good staff members. Poor HR department, often bureaucratic and out of touch with staff needs and how to address them rather choosing to operate like a call center! Ineffective internal conflict resolution system as the Bank hides behind its immunity to local laws.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a real effort to ensure the diversity agenda is adhered as opposed to simply checking boxes and allowing managers to pick on minorities with no repercussions. Attention has to be paid to the poor managerial skills which cost the bank talent each and every day. Appalling CRS system that hides behind 'independence' but is totally ineffective in protecting staff from vindictive managers


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not a Place for a Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent travel opportunities, generous salary and benefits. Spacious offices, not a lot of work pressure

    Cons

    Has not been able to maintain professional standards and becoming more bureaucratic, political and mediocre. The absence of a proper recruitment process means the place is full of short term consultants with limited qualifications looking for nepotistic hiring opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    limit contracts to ten years. Establish professional standards. Limit individual short term consultants to no more than 60 days per year.


  10. Senior Enterprise Architect at the World Bank

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is truly amazing and focused on a single vision platform to end world poverty by 2020. I enjoy working in this organization. The people are diverse and truly talented and inspiring.

    Cons

    None. I believe the organization is growing and maturing every day to meet its goals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out to architect the enterprise to achieve the desired outcomes of the strategic mission.


  11. Consultancy at World Bank

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Nw Plaza, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Nw Plaza, MO

    I have been working at The World Bank (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can get paid a very good salary If you work with good specialists then you have a very interesting set of projects and exposure

    Cons

    As a short term consultant you can only work 150 days You get no benefits You do not have the same access to internal systems and projects as staff



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