The World Bank Reviews

Updated 15 Jul 2020

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The World Bank President David Malpass
David Malpass
3 Ratings
  1. "Good experience working with the World Bank Group"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    - exposure to international events and high-level decision makers - global resources useful for career development - a variety of talented people that you can learn from

    Cons

    - too big to feel ownership - difficult to develop a specialized skill - hard to transit into the private sector

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

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
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    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. "incomparable opportunities but lack of management"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Legal in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    very smart and dynamic staff; open to creativity; always something new to learn

    Cons

    good work can be second to self-promotion

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  4. "Low pressure work environemnt"

    4.0
    Current Employee - PL/SQL Developer 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

    This is a very low pressure work environment. You will have a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Base pay is not that great.

  5. "Glass half full or half empty?"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Economist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The World Bank is an amazingly stimulating places, with lots of smart people tackling lots of big issues.

    Cons

    It can be a very arrogant place. Despite all of its brains, it tends to be inward looking and driven by fads. Career advancement seems to be increasingly political. Pay and benefits are good but probably not as competitive as in the past.

  6. "Great place to work in development projects"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Communications Officer in Lima, Lima Region
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are results oriented. They also have great multidisciplinary teams

    Cons

    Human Resources policies need improvement. Also it's a very hierarchical organization.

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  7. "Short-term Consultant"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Short-term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, global reach, professional growth

    Cons

    entry level treatment isn't superb

  8. "Good working environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Professional, multicultural, diverse working environment.

    Cons

    It is all about the political

  9. "Good organization to work for"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Ulaanbaatar
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, international experience

    Cons

    not much opportunity for growth, bureaucracy

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  10. "Good place"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Stable work and good salary

    Cons

    Hierarchy is set, rigid institutional structure

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