The World Bank
3.7 of 5 245 reviews
www.worldbank.org Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

The World Bank Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.7 245 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim

(80 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Multicultural, working with some of the best minds, good work-life balance and work environment"
    in 13 reviews
  • "The work environment differs greatly within the Bank"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "No benefits and little job security"
    in 10 reviews
  • "No job security as a consultant and you are forced to worry every few months about the next job"
    in 7 reviews
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Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
New Delhi

I have been working at The World Bank

ProsGreat place to meet accomplished, committed people.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementHave some cutting edge internship programs for undergraduate students from the best universities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

Senior Specialist (Current Employee)
New Delhi

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

ProsLess 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.

ConsLess 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 Senior ManagementReview your priorities

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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overrated, but prestigious brand to be associated with

Analyst (Current Employee)
Delhi

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

Prosgreat exposure, multicultural environment , a large network

Consbureaucratic, no cutting edge work is actually carried out

Advice to Senior Managementa junior level analyst feels left out, hardly any mentorship is provided

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for comfort-seekers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chennai

I have been working at The World Bank

ProsInternational 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.

ConsA 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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STC Summer 2013

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

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

ProsSalary net of tax
Additional per diem
Good accommodation and facilities given the office is located in a very under-developed country

ConsToo bureaucratic
Approval process takes too long

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Invigorating, challenging, and intellectually stimulating.

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsExtremely competitive environment while simultaneously cordial and diplomatic.

ConsConstant, every ten year, restructuring.

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term assignments for staff just create a sense of insecurity. Its better to have a five year term minimum.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good for work, bad for interns..

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank as an intern

Prosgreat culture. People from around the globe work here and everyone is pretty nice and helpful. Also I guess the pay for a staff is great because they carry LV bags around.

Cons=( no pay for interns

Advice to Senior Managementless working hours, better HR system

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience but hard to get promotions

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The World Bank

ProsGood salary, nice environment, and great place to make networking.

ConsToo much old-school employees, which makes the changes harder.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The World Bank

ProsVery International place to work

ConsA bit too bureaucratic sometimes

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Interesting work, few opportunities for advancement for junior staff

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank

ProsYohave ample opportunities for travel and the work is typically interesting and moderately challenging. While hours can be long at times, there's down time around the holidays and over the summer that make up for it. Good vacation time

Consthere no clear career track for junior staff. You really need to stick around for many many years to get a staff position or you need a PhD.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for young people to adcance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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