The World Bank Program Assistant Reviews

Updated 1 May 2020

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The World Bank President David Malpass
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  1. "Great Organisation"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great work environment and smart people

    Cons

    Not much room to grow

  2. "good place to work, but lacks room for growth for admin staff"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    stimulating international environment, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    very hierarchical, very little room for growth or promotion for admin staff, poor work-life balance

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  3. "good pay very competitive"

    4.0
    Former Contractor - Program Assistant 

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    the values and the mission

    Cons

    too competitive and people tend to overwork

  4. "Good place to work and keep you entry level grade for a long time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant 

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good workplace and international environment, high IT facilities, internal and external communications are on appropriate level, frequent travels across the region, where you work, training opportunities list. Good benefits for term staff (insurance, leave etc), less for consultants (150 days max during a year without insurance and paid leave).

    Cons

    Little chances to grow even if you bring a star from the sky. Some operational staff received "0" promotion for 10-14 years. Think twice with which grade level you are entering, as you will keep it for a long period of time in spite of your talents and level of communication.

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  5. "The best employer"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, great working life balance, lots of holidays and sick leave

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, career development is very slow.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "What is a review headline?"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Program Assistant 

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Health plan, work life balance

    Cons

    salaries, pension plan and stress

  7. "Program Assistant"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Program Assistant in Brasília, Federal District
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment, great benefits, fair salary.

    Cons

    Some old-school practices, lots of bureaucracy.

  8. "Great for your resume; not so great internally"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Program Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In the world of International Affairs, nothing quite compares to the WB on your resume. This will open many doors for you.

    Cons

    There is NO (read: NO) upward mobility in terms of Program Assistants, or without post-grad education (usually PhD's but some Master's as well).

  9. "Program Assistant"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits Some of the people are really wonderful to work with Awesome gym Work is interesting

    Cons

    Very little room for growth for a young person

  10. "Program Assistant"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    multicultural environment with a good mission

    Cons

    Salaries are low, for people based in HQ

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