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The World Bank Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • The short term consultants don't get much chance to get a full time position at the organization (in 18 reviews)

  • Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work and realize the world ethics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clarity Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Clarity Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Centrally located and close to transportation

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics is big and is part of life at WBG


  2. "Great Place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing culture, the magnitude of the mission makes you want to do more, excellent benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    The benefits are not changing with time, salary increment structure is not fair or keeping up with the market, work life balance of the staff is dependent on the manager

    Advice to Management

    Preserve the beautiful culture that used to be there a few years back, we are not in a rat race and the staff should be well taken care of. Improve incentive packages.


  3. "Operations Adviser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart highly educated committed people who are passionate about the mission. Opportunity to work with clients all over the world on projects that make a difference in people's lives. Institution is respected and trusted for its advice.

    Cons

    Internal bureaucracy, slow, cumbersome processes.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the front line, and delegate more decisions.


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    "Financial Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay; Bank-wide opportunities for growth; international exposure; opportunity to work with officials from countries around the World; generous vacation time.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for promotion; some positions require extensive travelling; heavy bureaucracy; limited education opportunities; less benefits and pay for US citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Alleviate the bureaucracy and increase communication; a lot of the work is done in silos and knowledge is not shared adequately.


  6. "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (Health, 401, Metro), easy access to seminars and new Online Learning Platform for continuing learning. Working with international colleagues during a dynamic time in Int'l Dev. donor history and Int'l Law.

    Cons

    Extremely hard to reach out to colleagues outside of unit for growth and networking. Few opportunities for current staff (got Master part-time while working full-time at Bank) to grow and apply themselves in the Bank's operations.

    Advice to Management

    Investing more in current employees (including STC) learning, career growth and benefits (at least health) instead of a contractor revolving door strategy.


  7. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International environment; challenging assignments; competitive remuneration.

    Cons

    Instability; unnecessary stress; favorism towards graduates from Ivy League

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  8. "Smart Colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are very smart. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up. Very email heavy environment. It is hard to know what other parts of the institution are doing.


  9. "work-life balance?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publishing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Publishing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unusually good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Unusually high pressure and work demands; difficult to attain work/life balance.


  10. "Political and bureaucratic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Economist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary for the position
    International travel
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Horribly political
    Incredibly bureaucratic
    Takes forever to get a decision made
    Insensitive to client countries

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on management and think more about the client


  11. "Short-term consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, diversity of the staff

    Cons

    I didn't work enough time to see cons

    Advice to Management

    no


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