The World Bank Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Pros
  • The work is interesting and the work-life balance is great (in 23 reviews)

  • The work environment differs greatly within the Bank (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Consultants comprise over 60% of the workforce at WBG headquarters, with no benefits or job security (in 18 reviews)

  • Very tough place for short term consultants (in 8 reviews)

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  1. A huge bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The World Bank as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, "good-feel" projects, the opportunity to travel the world. Great employee benefits

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, hard to overcome many layers of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear career path for employees, avoid favoritism.


  2. Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work. Many different sectors and regions to work in different expertise.

    Cons

    If you are not US citizen, G4 visa requirement is getting more restrict to work in Washington DC for the World Bank.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice.


  3. Nice workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good salaries, great people, autonomy

    Cons

    Switch offices and buildings too frequently


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    Economist

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    The organization is highly bureaucratic and the work is not very challenging. It is a great organization for starting a career, but there is a lot of variation in the mid-management. It really depends on who you work for. My experience was not great. My supervisor was not knowledgeable and insecure.

    Advice to Management

    It is difficult to change such a huge organization. Try to adapt rules from small organizations for teams and value merits rather than time.


  6. analyst

    Current Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    its good to working with this client

    Cons

    at times its not easy to work with this in bad condition


  7. It Could Have Been Better.

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    Former Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to travel. A truly diverse workforce. Wonderful offices.

    Cons

    Homophobia is extremely well-tolerated, given that many employees come from countries where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death, to the point of harassing gay employees about their sex lives. Management does very little, if nothing at all. The rampant abuse of STCs leaves little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Correct the STC system and institute better protections for LGBT workers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Public Policy Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Policy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Policy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has some great professionals

    Cons

    Sometimes there is too much bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to deepen contacts with stakeholders of potential projects


  9. world bank group analyst program

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    provide rigid experience and exposure

    Cons

    Takes a long time to complete a recruitment process sometimes more than one year

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the HR efficiency, reliability and integrity


  10. Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to solve global problems

    Cons

    Career advancement may be slow at times


  11. STC

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Always have to worry about the next contract



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