The World Bank Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Great organization

    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Lots of resources to get the job done
    Good management suppport

    Cons

    Career growth is slow; depends on your manager


  2. Financial Assistant

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    the benefits are great at the institution

    Cons

    there is not much career movement


  3. Counsel

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, high profile in international development, exposure to a vast number of different cultures, travel

    Cons

    vast bureaucracy, management tends to be more concerned with their own personal and political interests. your success depends on the quality of your manager which can vary wildly

    Advice to Management

    hold managers more accountable, not just in prescribing standards, but in conducting 360 reviews to make sure that they are performing and managing employees well.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A very bipolar atmosphere

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

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

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

    Pros

    Family-like environment, real work, and a desire to make a difference.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, the need to undermine those above and below, and no real respect for those below.

    Advice to Management

    Give respect where it's due, let go of the egos, and set realistic and fair pay grades. Stop the underhanded racism.


  6. Operations Analyst

    • 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with people from all over the world who share a passion for development is highly inspiring. Being able to learn from experts in many sectors and apply knowledge to create social impact is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Red tape and lack of entrepreneurial spirit prevent new ways to look at things. Also, the type of contracts for consultants allowing only 180 working days a year is a no-go.

    Advice to Management

    The WB is great at attracting talent given its size, muscle and brand. However, it needs to work on retaining talent and ensuring people are able to fully develop their professional talents.


  7. Associate

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

    I worked at The World Bank

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

    Pros

    good benefits, international environment where employees are from all over the world, good work/life balance and cultural sensitivity

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, things take a long time to shape, not a lot of full time permanent positions available,


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hard to move up

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

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

    Pros

    Great culture and a very diverse background

    Cons

    There is no stability anymore at the World Bank


  9. Helpful (1)

    consultant

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    A huge bureaucracy, very slow to get things done. The inequality between consultant and staff have largely corrupted the workplace. Its not possible to get promoted or move up in any way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great but aging institution; laughing the analyst program and young professional program

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Lots of expertises across fields;
    Very good reputation
    The Bank know is focusing on introducing more benefit to STC

    Cons

    STCs can be very extreme; either too young or too old. The bank should have better strategy to retain young talents

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark STC program to similar programs in the industry ie multilateral developmental bank


  11. Helpful (2)

    Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots of smart people

    Cons

    As an STC, you have no rights



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