The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.7 280 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim

(92 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Working at the World Bank

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) New Delhi

    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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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Good Break from Private sector

    Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsTransparent Policies, 9 to 5 job, Cultural diversity,

    ConsStunted Career, small workforce constraint rotation

    Advice to Senior Managementreshuffle,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Short Term Consultant Opportunities

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

    ProsBrilliant 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.

    ConsLot 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 Senior ManagementN/A

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

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    A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

    Senior Specialist (Current Employee) New Delhi

    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

    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

    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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    Very intellectual environment, but hard to get things done.

    Senior Economist (Former Employee) Jakarta (Indonesia)

    ProsGood salary and benefits, a strong focus on knowledge creation, and many learning opportunities. Generous vacation and other benefits.

    ConsIt still is a public sector bureaucracy at heart, and thus it's hard to get even simple things accomplished. Promotions are slow, and non-international staff have few opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to create an environment that rewards people no matter where they come from. Reward work outputs as much as educational qualifications.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetetive Salary and over the top benefits

    Consperks, work schedule, organization, and work environment

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    STC with Independent Evaluation Group

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

    ProsIEGCC team is great. People are very experienced, friendly, and supportive. I enjoyed working with them.

    ConsJob opportunities are limited. Most of the assignment are shared between insiders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnable more opportunities for outsiders. Attract people with innovative way of thinking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Noble mission, fulfilling job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnoble mission, challenging and interesting work (help countries develop faster and move out of poverty), international environment (great multi cultureal experience), travel to interesting places, good work-life balance

    ConsThere is too much bureaucracy compared to the private sector, and career growth is quite slow especially once you get to mid-level positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your best people and add more discipline in the work, reduce red tape which constraint the value-adding work of staff, less politization especially when it comes to senior appointments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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