The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
294 Reviews
3.5
294 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great, together with the benefits and people (in 19 reviews)

  • The work environment differs greatly within the Bank (in 16 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 10 reviews)

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Employee 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 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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    • 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 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

    • 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 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

    • 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 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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    • 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.  

    Competitive, Fast Paced, Great Benefits but not tied to performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Professional Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Professional Associate in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Staff are the leaders in their field, everyone is highly motivated, hard working, competitive, driven

    Cons

    Slow career progression, not tied to performance but seniority, not always challenging work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A fantastic organization to work for with a strong mission and high job satisfaction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work is very interesting, and constantly keeps you engaged. The pay package is reasonable, especially given the work-life balance. Travel is a plus as you see different projects and settings.

    Cons

    The office politics and seeing some of your undeserving colleagues get promoted can be painful. The bureaucracy is omni-present and very entrenched. Some people are not very motivated to do work, which is annoying. But by far, office politics is unparalleled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make the organization more meritocratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Operations Officer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, develop solutions and make a difference.
    No tolerance for mediocre performance
    A large number of subject matter experts are available to call on. World Bank invests heavily in training and gives opportunities to rotate between different departments. HR will work actively with you to address career as well as personal issues.

    Cons

    Unbelievable high amount of travel. If you are in a different time zone, it does not matter to HQ. 16 hours during travel is routine. Most trips are three weeks long, covering 3-4 countries, making it exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have rolling deadlines. Too much bunching of projects at end of each quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Diverse and good place to get started

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

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, diversity, lots of things to work on

    Cons

    No stability. No long term career tragectory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better mentorship programs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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