The World Bank Junior Professional Associate Reviews

Updated 27 May 2020

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  1. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Academic driven, results oriented, competitive environment,

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, limited network, often condescendante

  2. "Researcher"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, travel opportunities, diverse work teams

    Cons

    Limitations on career paths for non-PhDs

  3. "Family friendly"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Junior Professional Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family friendly and exposure travelling

    Cons

    Slow carreer path bureaucracy politics

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stable and comfortable workplace"

    5.0
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    Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The World Bank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable and comfortable. High starting salary. Good feel about yourself when working to eliminate poverty.

    Cons

    Too comfortable so that you lose competitiveness over time. Not good for young people to stay more than 3 years. Better try private sector too.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent organization to work for"

    4.0
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    Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    Reputation, goal, location and the perks are amazing

    Cons

    It is a big organization so decisions take a lot of time to be made

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  6. "Competitive, Fast Paced, Great Benefits but not tied to performance"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Staff are the leaders in their field, everyone is highly motivated, hard working, competitive, driven

    Cons

    Slow career progression, not tied to performance but seniority, not always challenging work

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Join...but when you are very senior or over 50, preferably both."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Noble mission, excellent assignments, great work-travel opportunities, smart people, lots of knowledge sharing events, work-life balance, ability to connect with professionals all over the world

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, not geared towards innovation, poor compensation for experienced young people, lack of career path for young people (except YPs maybe), high dependence on STCs and ETCs without treating them fairly

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  8. "Great organization for networking, growth and learning"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is truly worldly, well-compensated compared to non-profit organizations, and has healthy benefits package as staff (though with current budget cuts, I can't attest to how this is changing). Because the Bank is so big, with some initiative you can seek out your own interests and network and cross-over into new areas of interest.

    Cons

    Innovation can be crowded out by bureaucracy (as with any large institution). On some teams, a few hard workers carry others who do a really good job of investing a bare minimum of effort.

  9. "Great opportunity for learning and being exposed to high level policy discussions"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Professional Associate 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

    Lots of smart, interesting, diverse people. In my case, flexibility with hours (as long as you're able to deliver).

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and difficult to get permanent staff positions. Severe reforms are on their way.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn how the world works. This involves both learning about how a large international bureaucracy manages itself, as well as learning about governance in developing nations. While the Bank as made some mistakes in the past, it is really a place where you can make a positive impact on the world. NO INCOME TAXES! Foreign employees in the DC office are exempt from US income taxes, and the Bank pays state and local income taxes for domestic employees.

    Cons

    It is really hard to get a job at the World Bank. Don't take it too hard if you are rejected. Above a certain threshold, it is almost random who gets jobs and who does not. There are a lot of politics: personal, organizational, and sometimes ever geo-political. This can be stimulating if you like that sort of thing, but those who are not politically savy will struggle.

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