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The World Bank Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant level (GC)"

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

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, delicious food options on location and around area, good place to try and network (when people are available and not traveling :) You are never board because there is always a task to complete and some urgent matter. You become a jack-of-all-trades if you are a C level assistant.

    Cons

    Major drawback is that you can easily become "stuck" if you are an assistant at the "C" level or lower. It is very hard to break that ceiling because management always sees you with that title on your forehead (especially when applying for jobs w/in the Bank). The fact that you have knowledge, skills and have gained a BA, Master or PhD while at the Bank doesn't matter. WB management still prefers hiring outside. A manager told me it's because there is a belief that Bank employees at that level don't know how to do the job and they rather just choose someone new who is easy to mold.

    Advice to Management

    Please invest and have faith in your employees. The new initiative towards helping GA-GD level employees navigate through the World Bank towards new jobs is a step in the right direction. However, if these myths that are entrenched in management's minds are not handled then it's just a waste. The Bank will continue to lose their a biggest assets and gain low employee morale.


  2. "Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    diverse, stimulating environment, good benefits

    Cons

    poor work-life balance, inadequate care for employees' wellbeing

  3. Helpful (3)

    "So much wasted potential"

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, benefits, and inspiring colleagues. Country clients include working at the highest levels of government and on national programs. It's the kind of place where it's not uncommon to hear 4-5 different language just from the walk from my office to the cafeteria for lunch. That kind of diversity is amazing.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, everything is frustratingly slow and requiring a lot of administration, but that's to be expected. The ongoing reorganization and lack of common sense from the executive leadership means there's zero stability, which leads to an erosion in planning, i.e. it's hard to make long term plans with another unit in the Bank if that unit may be dissolved or moved in the coming months. The Bank is making massive cuts to any program that is outside its core lending operations, which isn't doing wonders to make it stand out from its competition. Additionally, with more restrictions from the State Department on H1 visas, it's increasingly difficult to impossible to hire good people and to retain good consultants and absolutely no clear path for consultants to move into staff positions.

    Advice to Management

    If cuts are still necessary, be faster and much more transparent about it. Most of my job became justifying my job, which is not what any of use signed up for and why I left.


  4. "Permatemp"

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

    Pros

    engaging work, talented staff, flexible working arrangements for family needs

    Cons

    no benefits, significantly less salary than equivalent staff position, job insecurity, lack of recognition from management of the vulnerability of STCs

    Advice to Management

    Produce a clear pathway from STC to staff and discourage/disincentivize staff from continuing to hire STCs where there is a need for a regular staff position


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

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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fulfilling."

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

    Pros

    Global outreach and the access to have an impact which many other organizations strive for but often fall behind on.

    Cons

    A large bureaucracy may look restrictive to many but the truth of the matter is that an operation with such a global reach often needs systemized processes.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely poor HR service -"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make lots of money without paying tax. You can learn a lot. International exposure. Sorry not much more positive to say.

    Cons

    Stressful, extremely poor HR service. One time I didn't even get paid. Several of my colleagues were extremely frustrated with HR!

    Advice to Management

    I don't think this mess at HR can be managed!

  8. "Great Place to work!"

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    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.


  9. "Operations Adviser"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Financial Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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