The World Bank Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Consultancy at World Bank

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Nw Plaza, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Nw Plaza, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good work experience, but not for younger people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Unit Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Document Unit Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of great mentors, networking opportunities and events, good/cheap cafeteria food (because it's subsidized), great working/learning experience in diverse workplace

    Cons

    Terrible about paying short-term contractors on time (went 3-4 weeks without getting paid, too frequently), taxes not automatically deducted from each pay check and you have to pay taxes out of your own pocket later, not much mobility in terms of opportunities to move up-- this is definitely a place you would come back to later after acquiring more professional experiences, not a place to root as a budding young professional unless you want to do administrative work for the rest of your career.

    Advice to Management

    Make better contract terms and opportunities for short term contractors and temps!


  3. Helpful (1)

    The later the better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Finance Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Finance Specialist in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large developmental impact, very interesting projects, some world class technical specialist, political convening power, willingness to take risk.

    Cons

    Immensely bureaucratic and inward looking. Often confused between its multiple political agenda. In the end it is an political institution more than a bank. Very little opportunity for career development. Definite premium given to outside knowledge/hiring experts versus growing the in-house.


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  5. Extended Term Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Staff from a large number of countries; opportunity to work on the front lines of development and travel globally; access to resources - both financial and expertise.

    Cons

    Quite bureaucratic on hand but also very decentralized on the other. Ability to deliver often constrained by immediate teams and onerous processes.

    Advice to Management

    Stream-line and simplify processes; create incentives for greater accountability for results; strengthen developing country participation in governance.


  6. Program Manager - Knowledge Managrment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International experience , work with some of the smartest people in the world, work-life balance

    Cons

    Slow promotions, ego clashes between senior management , the restructuring process, no rewards for exceptional performers

    Advice to Management

    Better incentives for younger staff to take more responsibility and climb the ladder faster


  7. Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You live the organization's values . Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Some times you will work under unqualified people who have been in the bank for so many years and they refuse to accept new changes and technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the passionate qualifies people.


  8. Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resource Management Consultant
    Current Employee - Resource Management Consultant

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

    Pros

    Prestigious platform, international exposure, work on cutting edge topics/trends, work with most talented people and leaders of the world

    Cons

    low salary, bureaucracy, office politics

    Advice to Management

    there is nothing they can do about it, it is what it is.


  9. Highly Professional Workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business & IT Service Continuity Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business & IT Service Continuity Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional, High standard, Access to latest technologies. somehow good work-life balance

    Cons

    Somehow high level of Politics, high concurrence

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, give more consideration to those who really work and avoid politics


  10. Short-term consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International organization, tax free income

    Cons

    Not at all flexible even when on has health issues.


  11. Economist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The World Bank (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything

    Advice to Management

    None



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