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The World Bank Reviews

Updated February 10, 2019
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  • "Little actual understanding and respect for work-life balance despite great policy on work-life" (in 28 reviews)

  • "For short term consultants career progression is the worst and the most uncertain" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great for your resume; not so great internally"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant
    Former Employee - Program Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the world of International Affairs, nothing quite compares to the WB on your resume. This will open many doors for you.

    Cons

    There is NO (read: NO) upward mobility in terms of Program Assistants, or without post-grad education (usually PhD's but some Master's as well).


  2. "international and respectful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very global outlook and respect for diversity at the workplace.
    High degree of professionalism - which makes you want to do your best!

    Cons

    Salary level not bad, but could be better. You cannot live off a consultancy job with the world bank.
    Little actual understanding and respect for work-life balance despite great policy on work-life.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond World Bank's own operations when looking for best practices

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good for work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of full time opportunities, job security


  4. "Just OK - didn't allow ownership of project"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The name, location, and networking

    Cons

    overworked, unpaid, directionless, siloed, boring


  5. "Stability vs Career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability, decent pay, good benefits, moderate pressure

    Cons

    Limited growth unless one has good diversity indicators


  6. "Senior Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Ultimate Cause, Salary, Pension, Security

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, too much travel, very slow career development,


  7. "Big and International, a great place to work and meet people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World bank is a great place to work and meet people.

    Cons

    the contract worker has very little benefits and job security.

  8. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Some of the people are really wonderful to work with
    Awesome gym
    Work is interesting

    Cons

    Very little room for growth for a young person


  9. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    well paid, great work environment lots of time off

    Cons

    did not work enough for my standards


  10. "Program Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    multicultural environment with a good mission

    Cons

    Salaries are low, for people based in HQ

    Advice to Management

    Accountability for employees' performance