The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
298 Reviews
3.5
298 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work in an international environment, good work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great internarional work environment and opportunities to travel (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Consultants comprise over 60% of the workforce at WBG headquarters, with no benefits or job security (in 13 reviews)

  • No benefits and little job security (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at the World Bank

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New Delhi
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New Delhi

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Great place to meet accomplished, committed people.

    Cons

    Very flat organization so the really ambitious types hoping for rapid career progress may be disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some cutting edge internship programs for undergraduate students from the best universities

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Break from Private sector

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Transparent Policies, 9 to 5 job, Cultural diversity,

    Cons

    Stunted Career, small workforce constraint rotation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reshuffle,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Short Term Consultant Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant (STC)  in  New Delhi
    Former Employee - Short Term Consultant (STC) in New Delhi

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Brilliant Experience and Outlook for Career. It is a definitive step forward for those interested in a public policy career. The exposure at the highest level gives a comprehensive outlook towards project planning and management. More so, it is advisable to participate in the tendering process and in the ICB to learn more.

    Cons

    Lot of Bureaucratic hurdles which makes it complicated for a new comer to adapt to easily. Having said that, WB offers a steep learning curve. It would be more appropriate to engage on a long term basis to learn more, and I understand STCs should be given preference to engage on long-term roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist  in  New Delhi
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in New Delhi

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Less stringent environment compared with corporate, cool workplace with some fiery situations on occasions, low accountability issues, relaxed and rich surroundings, great for those who can speak fluently and act.

    Cons

    Less than your worth in market but enough to live well, severe lack of transparency in operations, too much of duality of purpose, often confused communication, directionless and individualistic management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your priorities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    overrated, but prestigious brand to be associated with

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Delhi
    Current Employee - Analyst in Delhi

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

    Pros

    great exposure, multicultural environment , a large network

    Cons

    bureaucratic, no cutting edge work is actually carried out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a junior level analyst feels left out, hardly any mentorship is provided

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place for comfort-seekers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chennai
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    International exposure. Tax-free income. Work-life balance. Access to a wealth of information on the intranet. Fairly relaxed work environment. Good for people looking for comfortable careers.

    Cons

    A flat organization structure makes it extremely difficult for vertical growth. Lateral movement, though advertised, is not easy. Rigid work environment. Very little support for career development or professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work, if you can deal with the bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Job content and mission are great, as are colleagues. Lots of bright, hard-working people from around the world. Great opportunity to travel and influence policy at the highest level. Good job benefits

    Cons

    A slow-moving bureaucracy. Very political and not very meritocratic. Hard to advance other than through office politics. Undergoing a painful and pointless reorganization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work in a global environment and doing good.

    Cons

    It is a very competitive place with many highly educated staff. It can be difficult to advance your career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love my time there...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Specialist in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Loved the place. Awesome colleagues, varied areas of work to keep you interested. Very intellectually challenging and will keep you on your toes.
    They really take care of their staff. When I decided to quit - Massive questions - What can we do to make your life better? Why quit? don't quit. Take leave of absence, upto 2 years, and we will hold your position!

    Cons

    The usual problems of a large bureaucracy. Weird fund management. It is easier to expense a $5,000 trip to my budget than to get reimbursed for $80 book.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop excessive use of short term consultants. Adopt employment policies of UNDP. A series of term positions, but at least give them benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Beutocratic and slow, but doing great projects

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Great internarional work environment and opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Beuracracy beyond normal, hard to get a staff position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more like private sector

    Disapproves of CEO

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