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"Great organization but no chances to improve your contract"

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Current Contractor - Communication Consultant
Current Contractor - Communication Consultant
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Multicultural environment, interesting projects, great people to work with

Cons

Until 15 years ago, end of the 90s, it was easier to get an extended term or at least an open ended contract, but now you stuck in the organization as a consultant for years, and when there are open staff positions it seems they are only for internal people working already with an F or G level. Consultants are treated like staff, as they should work only 3 days per week but in the end they are always there, and get no benefits at all.

Advice to Management

More possibilities to young people and to consultants to grow up into the organizations, especially when they reach already 2 years of consultancy with no health insurance, no benefits.

Other Employee Reviews for The World Bank

  1. "Still a huge bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at the WB is like studying in a world-class university. There are always interesting subjects and amazing people that you can learn from. Also a place to get exposed to all frontier topics in development.

    Cons

    Things are moving very slow. Various departments are jeopardizing the functioning of each other. Many higher level management are old school and follow the bureaucratic way of thinking and doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously think about how to touch down to the bottom of the pyramid and generate development impact to the beneficiaries.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "This is a great place to work later in your career when you are financially secure and professionally developed."

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    Current Employee - Social Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Social Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you care about mission, its hard to beat working at a place focused on ending world poverty.

    Cons

    This is not a great place to develop your career. You should come here with a vision for what you want to do and have a complete toolkit of skills; this is a good place to apply your vision and skills. The bureaucracy is incredible, and most people are highly risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring young people. Few people come in as JPAs or YPs, most are hired in unstable STC positions where there is no organizational nurturing or support.

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