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The World Bank Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  • Short-term consultants make up a big part of the workforce (in 17 reviews)

  • Lot of restrictions on Short Term Consultants like how many days they can work and no benefits (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "World Bank"

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

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

    Pros

    International setting, interesting projects, some smart people to work with,

    Cons

    Bearaucratic, non-meritocratic environment, chaotic, infested with nepotism, slow

    Advice to Management

    Really look to constantly re-invent yourselves.


  2. "STC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time

    Pros

    9am - 6pm; Diversity; Great for someone who is American and looking for part-time work.

    Cons

    Not great for a young non-American trying to establish their career in international development.


  3. "Operations analyst"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work in multiple countries around the world

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, difficulties to get promoted


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation is consistent with graded scale, eclectic staff, visionary projects, exciting and beneficial work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of systems, short term consultants subject to limbo, hinders approval of assignments

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge necessity for freelancers. Streamline contracting process, paywalls.


  6. "Good for development not for career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People, Development, Focus, Agenda, Location

    Cons

    People are not good co-workers


  7. "World bank employee - drawn to private sector"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, flexibility of work conditions depending on manager

    Cons

    Cap on salary, limited by seniority in career

    Advice to Management

    Reflect private sector conditions and pay structures


  8. "Great place to work for senior staff with expertise, terrible for junior level consultants"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, opportunities to travel, great name recognition in development world

    Cons

    No career progression for consultants, young people, women, people of color.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting or re-assigning bad managers. They are uninspiring, a bad example. There are too many examples of managers who demonstrate poor ethics, who repeatedly put their own ego and control over the needs of the client. It's a shame.


  9. "The place where work place politics is what matters"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great mixture of backgrounds. great resources. non-stop learning opportunities.

    Cons

    strong emphasize on education accolades rather than expertise. Managers are in control and tend to work based on favoritism. leadership is constantly changing things

    Advice to Management

    work on encouraging the culture or cooperative work.


  10. "Short term consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Consultant in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global outlook for work, some ability to work with teams outside your technical area, high level interaction at country level

    Cons

    Consultants used often but not treated as well as staff. Long term use consultants with no real path to permanent roles. HR system needs overhaul due to multiple loopholes & abuses utilized by management

    Advice to Management

    HR system needs overhaul


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Exploitation of STCs"

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

    Pros

    Smart and often nice people to work with. Great place to learn.If you negotiate well it pays. The brand helps to position yourself.

    Cons

    STCs are exploited and bullied by some managers and TTL. Exploitation is in different forms, but mostly in form of working for extended time more than in the contract. The implicit threat is not to renew the contract. This happens to many.

    Advice to Management

    The vulnerability of STCs is exploited by some managers. There should be some accountable process to redress STC exploitation by some TTLs. It is a shame that STCs do not have any protection or redressal system. There seem to be a culture of exploitation in some circles. Having said that it is not that all TTLs exploit STCs, but some do. Those people need to be recognized. The Bank have sophisticated programs management capability against exploitations around the world. Why not have the same programs within itself? At least start with a survey to find out? Show some interest!



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