The World Bank Operations Officer Reviews

Updated 31 Jan 2020

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The World Bank President David Malpass
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "great mission & people (mostly)"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    continuously challenged exposed to state of the art research which gives many learning opportunities merit-based environment alot of room for growth

    Cons

    bureaucracy burden high expectations and little turnaround time to finish tasks

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you are proactive"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good mission, global reach, lots of potential opportunities to work on different topics/regions of the world

    Cons

    The organization can be hierarchical and bureaucratic, the level/type of contract the you are hired under can be hard to change (i.e. can be hard to move from a consultant to a permanent job), organization is top-heavy and can be ageist

  3. "Conditions"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good project planning before the start

    Cons

    Slow implementation and slow project start

  4. "Good place to work at"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Leading Development institution with real projects you input to

    Cons

    Live - work balance at times is a challenge

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Operations Officer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Professional working environment with exceptional employees. The World Bank is a large organization operating in almost all sectors of development and with international hires from across the globe. The benefits are generous and the work for clients very rewarding.

    Cons

    Given its size there are definite drawbacks in terms of bureaucratic red tape throughout the organization. Career development is somewhat lacking and requires the individual to chart their own path, which at times can be frustrating. Often times professional development and promotions are due to connections and functions of time spent in positions rather than based on merit.

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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Awful racist experiences"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer 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 3 years

    Pros

    Global reach with a great mission. Some positive people doing great things inspite of the bureaucracy and hierarchy. Just like American society, they talk a lot about their issues so in that way there’s transparency (but don’t actually fix them).

    Cons

    No career mobility, no accountability to address discrimination. The Management pronouncements and public image will say they encourage diversity and inclusion (D&I) and welcome Caribbean and Sub-Saharan African applicants. Reality is your qualifications have to be 10 times better than those from Part I countries (Part I are the donors, so it may be colonization in a new form.) The turnover of people of color and young people is high and prospects are low. You may get a great group or end up having to endure lots of hardships and ill treatment due to poor Management and staff there for a really long time. Unfortunately, there’s often a negative incentive to have you to just tick a diversity box to meet D&I targets/index for a few financial years. Beware!

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  7. "Senior Operations Officer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company mission and global reach. Many opportunities for overseas work. Good salary and job security. Great colleagues from all over the world.

    Cons

    The hours can be grueling in some parts of the organization. International travel can be taxing for families with children.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "So much wasted potential"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, benefits, and inspiring colleagues. Country clients include working at the highest levels of government and on national programs. It's the kind of place where it's not uncommon to hear 4-5 different language just from the walk from my office to the cafeteria for lunch. That kind of diversity is amazing.

    Cons

    Like any bureaucracy, everything is frustratingly slow and requiring a lot of administration, but that's to be expected. The ongoing reorganization and lack of common sense from the executive leadership means there's zero stability, which leads to an erosion in planning, i.e. it's hard to make long term plans with another unit in the Bank if that unit may be dissolved or moved in the coming months. The Bank is making massive cuts to any program that is outside its core lending operations, which isn't doing wonders to make it stand out from its competition. Additionally, with more restrictions from the State Department on H1 visas, it's increasingly difficult to impossible to hire good people and to retain good consultants and absolutely no clear path for consultants to move into staff positions.

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  9. "Program Manager - Knowledge Managrment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International experience , work with some of the smartest people in the world, work-life balance

    Cons

    Slow promotions, ego clashes between senior management , the restructuring process, no rewards for exceptional performers

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall a stimulating and rewarding place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Much of the job satisfaction derives from the fact that it's a mission-driven organization whose goal is to reduce poverty and raise the standard and quality of living in the poorest countries of the world. And, it is a stimulating intellectual environment - the multitude of issues that the institution works with alone makes it an interesting place to be. It's full of very smart people, very well educated, most of whom are genuinely engaged and care very much about fulfilling the organization's mission. Many, many opportunities to learn, super interesting colleagues, travel, a truly global environment, excellent benefits - maybe not as good as in the past but still in the top tier, including leave policies that model the Europeans more than the Americans.

    Cons

    One's experience here can vary considerably depending on who you're working with. I had almost without exception excellent managers who genuinely, actively supported my professional development. But I have colleagues and friends who didn't have such good fortune. Additionally, it relies excessively on short-term contractors and consultants, it is very difficult (or at least it was, at the time I left) to get a permanent, full-time position. There's also no getting around the fact that it's a bureaucracy, which all large organizations inevitably are, but this one perhaps more so than some corporations because it's literally political: the board of Executive Directors consists of representatives of the member countries, who meet not just once a quarter like many if not most corporate Boards, but rather twice a week in full committee. Geopolitics inevitably drives a fair amount of what happens here, but that's also partly why it's such an interesting and stimulating place to work.

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