The World Bank Reviews

Updated 28 April 2015
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Pros
  • Work life balance can be good if the travel schedule isn't too onerous (in 23 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 18 reviews)

  • The culture does not favor the growth of junior staff, especially short-term consultants (in 8 reviews)

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  1. I am satisfied with my job

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The World Bank is a good employer

    Cons

    I do not have any opinion

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice

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

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    Current Contractor - Etc
    Current Contractor - Etc

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Decentralize.

  3. Counsel

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, high profile in international development, exposure to a vast number of different cultures, travel

    Cons

    vast bureaucracy, management tends to be more concerned with their own personal and political interests. your success depends on the quality of your manager which can vary wildly

    Advice to Management

    hold managers more accountable, not just in prescribing standards, but in conducting 360 reviews to make sure that they are performing and managing employees well.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Very good if you are a staff member

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    International environment. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Exploitation of consultants. No clear career pathway

  6. good overall

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Highly knowledgeable professionals in different fields

    Cons

    It has to be the bureaucracy in the Bank

  7. Operations Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with people from all over the world who share a passion for development is highly inspiring. Being able to learn from experts in many sectors and apply knowledge to create social impact is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Red tape and lack of entrepreneurial spirit prevent new ways to look at things. Also, the type of contracts for consultants allowing only 180 working days a year is a no-go.

    Advice to Management

    The WB is great at attracting talent given its size, muscle and brand. However, it needs to work on retaining talent and ensuring people are able to fully develop their professional talents.

  8. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization to work with if you are passionate to work for a cause. Knowledge sharing organization and accesses to the database. Great people and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow internally and have a certain level of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  9. Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, international environment where employees are from all over the world, good work/life balance and cultural sensitivity

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, things take a long time to shape, not a lot of full time permanent positions available,

  10. Helpful (1)

    Hard to move up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and a very diverse background

    Cons

    There is no stability anymore at the World Bank

  11. Great place to work, tough to get into.

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    Current Contractor - Social Media and Online Communications Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Contractor - Social Media and Online Communications Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are really nice and it's a stable job if you can manage to secure one. Bennies are awesome, too, but only for staff. Once you're in, though, hold onto it.

    Cons

    It's really hard to get a permanent position here. A ton of bureaucracy and it's a huge organization so it'll take awhile to get a response.

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