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The World Bank Reviews

Updated March 23, 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. "Short-term consultant"

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    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


  2. "Investment Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Respectful colleagues, international environment, working with clients, development.

    Cons

    Politics, some senior management staff lack technical skills and vision, need to improve mobility and match people against their skills.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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  5. "Great workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, stimulating projects, lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    You have no benefits as an STC


  6. "HR Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely perfect environment for Ladies to work with.

    Cons

    Not so easy to get in despite of having enough qualification.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible for Female Economists"

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    Former Employee - Consultant (Country Desk) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant (Country Desk) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - international staff
    - good salary
    - exciting job for economists on country desks
    - lots of international traveling

    Cons

    - sexist and racist hiring practices
    - sexual harassment of female economists who want to get ahead
    - male economists are preferred for permanent positions
    - female economists get the less secure consultant or temporary positions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to complaints from female professionals and minorities. The fact that there are so few females in permanent professional positions with advancement opportunities points to continuing sexism in the institution.


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    "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good work culture, good learning experience.

    Cons

    Less salary and benefits than industry.


  9. "Amazing Experience but not like that for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    I had an incredible experience at the Bank but it depends greatly on the manager you have. Really interesting, important work and great people.

    Cons

    Can be too bureaucratic and if you are a consultant, the work can be unstable. You need to find a good manager who can nurture your career


  10. "HRD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    best place for learning banking knowledge

    Cons

    no downside is seen to me

    Advice to Management

    have a good look for 3rd world country


  11. "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.



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