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The World Bank Washington DC Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  • no benefits for contract based employees (in 46 reviews)

  • Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Operations Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company mission and global reach. Many opportunities for overseas work. Good salary and job security. Great colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    The hours can be grueling in some parts of the organization. International travel can be taxing for families with children.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission and what is most important in achieving the goals. Aim to build and retain talent. Improve work life balance.


  2. "Short term consultant (STC)"

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    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Short-term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The value the name of the organization adds to your resume.
    - The food in the cafeteria is good.

    Cons

    - if you’re an STC you’re treated like (for a lack of a better word) a slave. You are given tasks outside of your job description. You get thrown under the bus by sector specialists. Anything that the sector specialist doesn’t feel like doing, will get dumped in your lap.
    - HR is a joke. As an STC you don’t get any benefits and the pay is just plain offensive. There is no way anyone can live in DC on the salary they pay to STC’s. When you try to negotiate they make up some story about a criteria chart they use to figure out how much your pay should be and that based on your qualifications and degree etc etc. the chart says you can only get paid X amount.
    - You don’t get recognition when it’s deserved. The specialists take credit for the work YOU do. They also get paid 3 times the amount an STC gets paid, yet we’re the ones doing their job!
    - This organization is one GIANT lie!! Everyone thinks it’s amazing to work here and it’s the most prestigious thing to ever happen to you (I️ thought the same thing too), but trust me when I️ tell you that is all a lie! They come off as this well-oiled organization, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are more unhappy employees at this organization than any other place I️ have worked at.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe don’t treat the STCs like trash, since 9 times out of 10, they are the ones doing the important work for the organization. And how about increasing the salary criteria? We live in DC, I’m not sure how you expect anyone to rent an apartment and feed themselves and pay for public transportation with a salary of $200/day!!

  3. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - International community
    - Different sectors to learn from

    Cons

    - bureaucracy
    - difficult to move up


  4. "A great platform for young professionals"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Bank is a great platform to help young professionals build up resumes in a couple years

    Cons

    But as to the long term development, it may not give young professionals many opportunities to go higher.


  5. "Short Term Consultant"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    smart people, cutting edge research projects, chance to publish

    Cons

    cant think of any per momement

    Advice to Management

    had positive experience with them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your department, overall a great place to work

    Cons

    Need to be patient; everything takes a long time


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work as a consultant"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with and learn from. High quality work is expected so you're always pushed to do your best. The environment constantly exposes you to new things in all areas. Exposure to different cultures in DC and while traveling abroad is great too. If you are lucky, you get to do a lot of technical and stimulating work.

    Cons

    If you are a consultant, expect pretty much the worst! You won't have health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, pension. You're vulnerable to harassment, inappropriate conduct, and plain exploitation. You won't have an office space either. So get ready to set up (and pay for) your own office space and materials. Thinking about starting as a consultant to get your foot in the door? Don't fool yourself. At least 1,000 people (per the most recent internal survey) have worked at the Bank for more than 3 years hoping to get a staff position. They will get that position before you do (unless you're a 24-year-old genius with a post-doc and good contacts inside the organization).

    Advice to Management

    Offer more decent contracts for entry/mid-level career professionals. Live up to the values you expect governments to honor when managing human resources.

  8. "Diversity"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very diverse, inclusive culture

    Cons

    Less intellectually challenging and bureaucratic


  9. "Better work, better life."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible time framework. Friendly working environment. A relatively good social network.

    Cons

    Inefficiency between different department. In long career path, not likely to be promoted.


  10. "STC"

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

    Interesting projects; Working in the field with local governments

    Cons

    Can use STC for support throughout the year as support
    Days are not always guaranteed


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