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The World Bank Reviews

Updated February 20, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Information Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A reasonable work-Life balance except in scenarios where there is HQ dependency during their lean time.They are not usually sensitive to the different geographies and times for the satellite offices.

    Cons

    Adapts to new technology late.Key roles in most functions are maintained at the headquarters.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Knowledge workers need to focus on their work"

    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

    I worked at The World Bank part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    World Bank is a prestigious organization to work for with high compensation and benefits. This, by itself, gave me a lot of energy to focus on my knowledge-based job as a consultant.

    Cons

    There is Negative working atmosphere in the World Bank, with no positive competitiveness. People are aggressive there and you don't feel relaxed as a knowledge worker.

    Advice to Management

    I do suggest there should be an improved evaluation system, so that the working attitude of the people becomes less bothering and they can focus on their jobs.


  3. "lead MAT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Mobile Advisory Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Mobile Advisory Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    World Bank projects are technical yet interactive with diverse communities hence its is an ever changing learning environment. The renumeration is also good.

    Cons

    They lack clear work policies hence a lot of uncertainties with decision making within the work environment. Alot of beurocracy slows down project implementation

    Advice to Management

    The management can improve on project designs and especially on the human resource so as to offer a more secure work environment for their employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "HR Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    diverse work force, premier international development status, its value proposition, an exciting work environment that provides staff with the tools and training to leverage their skills and maximize their capability.

    Cons

    none that i am aware of

    Advice to Management

    nil


  7. "Communications Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting colleagues from all over the world, great mission, good benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hierarchical, general unhappiness with leadership


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Short Term Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, impactful, rewarding intelligent work

    Cons

    compensation, benefits, work life balance, career opportunities


  9. "Good for development not for career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People, Development, Focus, Agenda, Location

    Cons

    People are not good co-workers


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

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult conditions for STCs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The World Bank has high standards for quality work, a commitment to responsible and sustainable development projects, and a management team that tries to listen to staff and respond to their concerns.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, management pays little to no attention to issues facing short-term consultants (STCs).

    Depending on the team lead, there can be blatant exploitation and abuse of STTs and STCs, with no institutional protection.

    For those with greater levels of vulnerability, due to visa status, gender, etc, this can result unreasonably high working risks of pressure to work without pay, and/or blatant harassment.

    Understandably, morale among this sub-class of workers is abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Reform STC employment regulations, improve accountability, and increase support for FTE STCs



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