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The World Bank Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • Workers exploitation (they hire short term consultants, and pay them peanuts) (in 18 reviews)

  • Be ready to travel a lot, which can take a toll on your work life balance (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Financial Officer"

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    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.


  2. "Smart Colleagues"

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    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. "Consultant"

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    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


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  5. "Great job, very nice environment"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor

    Pros

    Very nice environment, interesting colleagues, decent work hours and interesting job

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, several internal meetings might disperse time and energy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Be very, very careful."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to great conferences and events, amazing to work in a place where there are so many non-Americans. Nice to have that big name on your resume.

    Cons

    Incredibly poor management - my manager made people cry on a daily basis. Some people are just cruel. There is a culture where no one uses their time productively (get used to 3+ hour meetings) and yet everyone complains about being behind, being stressed, and being over worked/burnt out. There is no system to remove old, poorly performing managers. There is absolutely no orientation for new consultants (no one even tells you how to fill out the request for payment, you are expected to just know). If you are young, you will be discriminated against and not taken seriously or given interesting tasks. They'll never hire you as a full time employment because why pay you full time/benefits when they can rip you off. If you must take an STC job there, add it to your resume for no less than one calendar year, then go get yourself a real job somewhere that believes in treating its employees properly.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the STC system - it is broken and exploitative. People need health insurance and that is not too much to ask. Rework your very broken HR and IT systems so that people don't spend far too much time setting up and connecting VC conferences. Take a long hard look at the system around meetings and productivity. There is rarely a justifiable reason for regular three hour meetings.


  7. "work-life balance?"

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    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.


  8. "Positif"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment! Great for university new graduates!

    Cons

    Stress, lack of work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Short-term consultant"

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    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with the chance to have an impact

    Cons

    Instability. Hard to break into the staff positions. Managing serious ego/personality issues. No health benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to use consultants for a year or more full time, you should do a better job of creating pathways to more stability and/or providing a basic benefits package. You can't use consultants like full time staff and then treat them like part time contractors.


  11. "Great workplace"

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    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


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