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The World Bank Reviews

Updated June 27, 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. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International environment; challenging assignments; competitive remuneration.

    Cons

    Instability; unnecessary stress; favorism towards graduates from Ivy League

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  2. "Smart Colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are very smart. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up. Very email heavy environment. It is hard to know what other parts of the institution are doing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Political and bureaucratic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "work-life balance?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publishing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Publishing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unusually good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Unusually high pressure and work demands; difficult to attain work/life balance.


  5. "Short-term consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. "Great workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic environment- IT particularly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Officer in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits- lots of leave, pension, insurance benefits are awesome, there are some talented people who are nice. There is no 401k,but you could contribute

    Cons

    Everything else- however the mission is too honorable to work for. People don't value each other. F level are like assistants. Value their expertise, treat them with respect. IT is very toxic environment there. Business side is probably good.

    Advice to Management

    Refrain from favoritism. F level people are not assistants of G level staff. Respect and value them

  8. "Great place to improve myself!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible for Female Economists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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