The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
321 Reviews
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321 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be good if the travel schedule isn't too onerous (in 23 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 18 reviews)

  • The culture does not favor the growth of junior staff, especially short-term consultants (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at the World Bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5.  

    A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Infrastructure Specialist

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Very Good work life balance

    Cons

    Relative low efficiency but that depends on the project/program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good entry experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, exposure to foreign government and policy issues. Expands your world view.

    Cons

    Lower pay than private sector consulting. Harder progression for lower level staff. Technical skills are not as valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very happy with my position and my team

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media and Communications Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Media and Communications Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working towards a goal that I full heartedly agree with

    Cons

    Work load and reliance on consultants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat consultants with more respect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Short term consultants situation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Short Term Consultant -- Eocnomic Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Short Term Consultant -- Eocnomic Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    Good compensation, good balance between personal life and work as a consultant

    Cons

    The work is not super interesting, administrative heavy, management is not responsive. Always needing something right away and then not getting any feedback for weeks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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