The World Bank Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
309 Reviews
3.6
309 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work in an international environment, good work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great internarional work environment and opportunities to travel (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • no benefits, cannot work more than 150 days per year so many end up working for free (in 16 reviews)

  • Further, as a consultant, there is no job security and wages for U (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I am satisfied with my job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sydney
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    The World Bank is a good employer

    Cons

    I do not have any opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    You have to pay for work travel costs yourself and get reimbursed which can be over $10,000

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Etc
    Current Employee - Etc

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

    Pros

    Pay is good due to tax benefits. Opportunities to travel for work.

    Cons

    Little support or job security. Mostly 12 month contracts that are not renewable past 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    great exposure to world bank work at local offices.

    Cons

    they do not provide any training

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  5.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collegial environment, great people, great benefits. I really enjoyed my time here and found the networking prospects to be excellent. This was a wonderful first job with lenient hours and great colleagues. People here really care about helping others and the network after completion of the program is top notch and opens up many doors

    Cons

    The work can get tedious at times but this is true with any first job. The system can be very bureaucratic and many people within the organization are only given very short term contracts now so job security is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give longer contracts, more job security

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Operations Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverse culture, competitive salary

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and inefficient. Top-heavy management structure

  7.  

    Great Experience So Far

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are great and you get to see many different cultures from around the world. Nice positive environment.

    Cons

    Depends on where you end up working. Politics within the different countries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My first job after school, a great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The main pro of working at the WB: people do care about having an impact and making the world a better place.

    Cons

    The main con? Dealing with government in such a large organization can be frustrating. The WB needs some red tape but things move slower than in the private sector (although you can be pretty busy as well).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The amount of talented and multicultural staff is endless
    Interesting talks and discussions every day

    Cons

    Being a consultant comes with no benefits and a limitation of only being able to work 150 days a year
    It is vital to know who you will be working with and in what area as the re-shuffling has brought much change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise consultant terms and conditions

    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    "Being a contractor at the World Bank"

    Former Employee - PC Technician/Imaging
    Former Employee - PC Technician/Imaging

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meeting new people from around the world and assisting clients with technical issues.

    Cons

    No benefits. Management requested that you be 30 minutes before your assignment for this assignment,

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exposure to high-level work but poor conditions for consultants

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    High-skilled colleagues, exposure to important issues and policymakers, perceived prestige

    Cons

    The culture does not favor the growth of junior staff, especially short-term consultants. The upper management always seems to be expecting them to "pay their dues," and there is a lot of uncertainty regarding length of contracts.

    Neutral Outlook

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