The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
303 Reviews
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303 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Pros
  • Opportunity to work in an international environment, good work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Great internarional work environment and opportunities to travel (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • no benefits, cannot work more than 150 days per year so many end up working for free (in 14 reviews)

  • Job very specialized that doesnt allow you to move to the private sector (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at the World Bank

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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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    A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in New Delhi
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in New Delhi

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Delhi
    Current Employee - Analyst in Delhi

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (less than an 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Great Experience So Far

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are great and you get to see many different cultures from around the world. Nice positive environment.

    Cons

    Depends on where you end up working. Politics within the different countries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My first job after school, a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Etc in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The main pro of working at the WB: people do care about having an impact and making the world a better place.

    Cons

    The main con? Dealing with government in such a large organization can be frustrating. The WB needs some red tape but things move slower than in the private sector (although you can be pretty busy as well).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Love my time there...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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