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The World Bank Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  1. "Short Term Consultant"

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

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time

    Pros

    Flexible and impactful work, and great people.

    Cons

    Will have to network a lot. Different units are extremely silo-ed.


  2. "Short Term Temporary - RA"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunity once you get in

    Cons

    no benefits for contract based employees

  3. "IT Assistant"

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

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great organization to work for! Amazing mission, multicultural environment, great benefits for Staff.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, trying to become agile but things still run very slowly. It's also very difficult to get a promotion - have to start networking from day 1 at the Bank.


  4. "Financial Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible, work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, it takes a long while


  5. "Consultant"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, network

    Cons

    too cliquey, no one works with you even with great CV unless they know you


  6. "Short Term Consultant"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at The World Bank as an intern

    Pros

    High level work, Great benefits, Location location location

    Cons

    Making a difference is a marathon not a sprint


  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great causes, great network, reasonable salary

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow, not easy to promote

    Advice to Management

    Make it run like a start up, fast, dynamic, and agile! It's way too slow, not because of the nature of the job, but because of management

  8. "Positive learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    everyone here is very smart, diverse and open minded.

    Cons

    sometimes, work dynamic could be little too slow.


  9. "WB 2017"

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    Current Employee - Senior Investment Officer - Treasury in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Investment Officer - Treasury in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work life balance
    Goals of the institution
    Variety of tasks
    very high level Subjects

    Cons

    Slow moving institution
    Bureaucracy
    Salaries
    Location
    Career Opportunities
    Not very clear strategy

    Advice to Management

    Manage Careers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good place for techies and work life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to become full time staff

    Advice to Management

    More openness in recruitment and career advancement of consultants


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