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The World Bank Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. "Senior Program Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good network of highly qualified people.

    Cons

    Unfriendly corporate culture. People work in silos.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strongly driven by mission for development, very smart colleagues, and the ability to do some very interesting and innovative work.

    Cons

    Internal Politics can be difficult to navigate, and the environment can be turf-ish at times. It takes awhile to learn the internal culture.

  3. "Operations Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Highly competitive and multi-cultural environment

    Cons

    Internal politics and a lot of bla bla


  4. "Research Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment
    Friendly supervisors
    Your research can really generate an impact

    Cons

    Term staff position
    Big organization and no sostenible career path for young people with less experience


  5. "STC"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Graduate Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time

    Pros

    Diverse workplace, learn to navigate office politics, top experts in development, great learning resources

    Cons

    No formal job training, office politics, job satisfaction depends on the manager


  7. 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.

  8. "The World Bank"

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    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


  9. "Operations Analyst"

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

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Multicultural environment and truly a learning Institution with a wealth of knowledge.

    Cons

    Does not handle well its diversity. There are too many frustrations that can be addressed but management chooses to overlook them.

    Advice to Management

    Advice will not be helpful. Management does not listen to the staff.


  10. "Operations analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work in multiple countries around the world

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, difficulties to get promoted


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