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The World Bank Extended Term Consultant Reviews

Updated 28 Sep 2019

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The World Bank President David Malpass
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  1. "Professional way of working"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Jakarta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good ambience, friendly staff, development career.

    Cons

    Tight schedule, under pressure, too many administrative job,

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Trade Specialist"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality and rewarding work in various regions with frequent travels to countries and communities. Having the option to address issues and advice solution to communities/Governments.

    Cons

    It offers a very poor salary structure and benefits for young women professionals. since I joined as a JPA when I was 25 - over last 8 years my salary has increased only by 1500 per years which offers a low salary package for a family to be financially solvent in Washington DC. Poor career track and to be promoted to a higher position.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    intelligent people interesting work good exposure to policy and development issues

    Cons

    territorial task team leaders/members not a good HR system limited growth opportunity

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "A dysfunctional organization with a high self-rewarding goal and mission"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I tend to believe that the people who work here do so for the motivation of making this a better world, whether it's poverty or environmentally related and that is something very rewarding to have as a job. Whether we actually contribute effectively to that or not, is another question. On the less philosophical side, the work-balance is very good, the working environment is relaxed and easy-going (might depend on the region where you work), and depending on how your manager is or Lead Specialist things can get interesting in terms of the cutting-edge projects you can work on the side (though this can be a rarity).

    Cons

    I often like to refer to the World Bank, as the slightly better version of any public government agency found in the developing world, with the difference that they are run by people with masters' and phd's where incentives have made them somewhat slack. All this reform (right now there is one happening internally, with re-organizations of our practices and measures for budget cuts and so on) is aimed at trying to make things run better and to deliver our work more efficiently, which is something I deeply applaud, and more so as a young person who has not worked here long enough to get swallowed by some of the dysfunctional incentives you are exposed to as staff. But this reform is doing a comprehensive cleansing of the house without distinction of many of the good elements the Bank has (STC, STT, ETT or ETC), mostly because all of them are not regarded as part of the organization from HR, but a mere temporary work-force that can be dropped at any time. Having been an ETC and STC multiple times I have seen this very closely.

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    "best to join when you are senior enough"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great access to resources in different disciplinary fields and developing countries good pay

    Cons

    hierarchical and bureaucratic young people not valued enough

  6. "Good learning environment with difficulties for professional development at entry levels"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great learning environment, multicultural staff profile, Good renumeration.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, glass cieling in certain areas

  7. "Experience depends on your team"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure to international development issues, very smart people, a lot of learning events

    Cons

    Hierarchical, bureaucratic difficult to get exposure. Experience depends a lot on your team leader, if she/he is the bureaucratic type...good luck.

  8. "Very good learning experience in development but extremely demanding!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good learning, smart people around, travel, direct work with the government

    Cons

    extremely demanding, no work life balance, All ''Type A" personality, turf battle.

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  9. "Good Benefits, poor prospects"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good package of benefits, vacation, health insurance, hours

    Cons

    Very hierarquical and mobility relies somewhat on patronage

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Extended Term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, intelligent, and friendly colleagues. Supportive environment. Great infrastructure for staff development, either professional or personal. Best place for non-profit.

    Cons

    Must have graduate degrees for higher level positions.

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