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The World Bank Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • no benefits for contract based employees (in 46 reviews)

  • Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Seeking employment elsewhere"

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

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    The cafeteria is nice, good work life balance

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth, no accountability for under performing staff, favoritism is rampant, not a meritocratic system, too many mediocre people who have been with the organization for too long, no incentive for people to stay

    Advice to Management

    REALLY REALLY reconsider the organizational employment structure for more accountability and transparency.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely poor HR service -"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make lots of money without paying tax. You can learn a lot. International exposure. Sorry not much more positive to say.

    Cons

    Stressful, extremely poor HR service. One time I didn't even get paid. Several of my colleagues were extremely frustrated with HR!

    Advice to Management

    I don't think this mess at HR can be managed!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Political and bureaucratic"

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    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


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Urban Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Urban Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Urban Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are into international development, the kind of projects and challenges that you will get are worth the politics that you will have the fight through to make it in World Bank.

    Cons

    - Workers exploitation (they hire short term consultants, and pay them peanuts)
    - Too bureaucratic (Your skills matter very little)
    - Not the best place to make friends (lot of cocky people in there)
    - Mostly untalented people at the top / management level who don't deserve the spot

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act, and learn to recruit AND RETAIN good talen.


  5. "Not recommended"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    - Cultural diversity
    - Knowledge assets
    - Sectoral expertise

    Cons

    - No career path
    - Overwork
    - Cannot hold people accountable


  6. "Frighteningly Inefficient"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant
    Former Contractor - Consultant
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, plush offices. Great cafeteria

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is beyond imagination. Large divide between Consultants and staff.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Honest review of WB"

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    Former Contractor - STC in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - 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

    International exposure
    Fun exciting work on impactful topics and projects
    Access to many helpful and vital resources pertaining to research and development initiatives
    Smart, very diverse colleagues
    Decent pay for work done
    I know this may not be the case for other STC's but I had a decent work-life balance
    Exposure to other agencies, particularly when working on joint projects with other development agencies (UN).
    Looks great on any CV

    Cons

    Absolutely nefarious internal politics and flagrant disrespect of STCs at times
    Exploitation of short term consultants
    Very little guidance or mentor ship in STC role
    Depending on team lead, sexual harassment and politics run rampant in some departments with no accountability. This can lead to liability issues for the organization- this needs to be addressed.
    At times, there can be immediate demands for work done in a very short amount of time
    Little to no feedback on work done so as to improve/guide performance
    No benefits as STC, you're simply given income for work done
    Very hard to move across departments and procure a permanent position

    Advice to Management

    I would really take a close look at managers and senior management, as they are supposed to lead by example. Harassment and egregious politics hinder the work and talent of consultants and staff who are actually passionate about the works and mission at hand. Ease the bureaucracy so that tasks can be done in an efficient manner.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Information Officer in Annandale, VA
    Former Employee - Information Officer in Annandale, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being part of a global organization working to end poverty.

    Cons

    Inept management, wasteful, and extremely political. Everyone manages up instead of focusing on the task at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean up shop and use an objective, performance based method for evaluating management effectiveness instead of rewarding loyalty.


  9. "world bank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    terrible bureaucracy and terrible internal politics


  10. "Inside the Bank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Interesting, rewarding, challenging, stressful, boring

    Cons

    bad management, cronyism, nepotism, political

    Advice to Management

    Remove cronyism and nepotism, remove senior management, remove poor performer


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