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The World Bank Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Lot of restrictions on Short Term Consultants like how many days they can work and no benefits (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Short Term Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Economist Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Health Economist Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is independent and the environment is motivating. Most of the professionals are very capable and want to make some change in the world.

    Cons

    Team Leaders do not consider that you are a consultant and take all of your time. They take advantage of young professionals and their willingness to work.
    Consultants do not have any social benefits.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to recognize the work consultants and provide them some kind of promotions. Also it is important to recognize the time working with them.


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

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    • 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


  3. "Great Place to work!"

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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.


  4. "Operations Adviser"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Financial Officer"

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    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. "Short-term consultant"

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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


  7. "Great place to improve myself!"

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    It is too much large.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to make a mark"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place for a passionate development person. The institution has undergone some rough restructures but it also brought out a more unified team. I've been here for 8 years and I saw some positive changes: very active staff association, a new career growth policy, more responsive management.

    Cons

    Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance.


  9. "The World Bank"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great culture

    Cons

    N/A - I only worked as a contractor there


  10. "Short Term Temporary Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research place. Get to work with top economists from the field. Get to apply quantitative skills learned in school

    Cons

    Because contract-based, no benefits and it's a salary based on hours worked. Working remotely - might have been better to work out of DC office


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