The World Bank Reviews

Updated 23 August 2014
Updated 23 August 2014
290 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at the World Bank

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    • 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

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    • 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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    • 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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    A bumpy ride with good and bad moments

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    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

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    • 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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    • 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
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    Operations Officer

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    • 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
  9.  

    Good place for PhD students to get hands on experience.

    Former Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC)
    Former Employee - Short-term Consultant (STC)

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Quite flexible schedule. It's a good start place for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints so far about the jobs that I've done with the Bank.

  10.  

    Overall a stimulating and rewarding place to work

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    • 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

    Much of the job satisfaction derives from the fact that it's a mission-driven organization whose goal is to reduce poverty and raise the standard and quality of living in the poorest countries of the world. And, it is a stimulating intellectual environment - the multitude of issues that the institution works with alone makes it an interesting place to be. It's full of very smart people, very well educated, most of whom are genuinely engaged and care very much about fulfilling the organization's mission. Many, many opportunities to learn, super interesting colleagues, travel, a truly global environment, excellent benefits - maybe not as good as in the past but still in the top tier, including leave policies that model the Europeans more than the Americans.

    Cons

    One's experience here can vary considerably depending on who you're working with. I had almost without exception excellent managers who genuinely, actively supported my professional development. But I have colleagues and friends who didn't have such good fortune. Additionally, it relies excessively on short-term contractors and consultants, it is very difficult (or at least it was, at the time I left) to get a permanent, full-time position. There's also no getting around the fact that it's a bureaucracy, which all large organizations inevitably are, but this one perhaps more so than some corporations because it's literally political: the board of Executive Directors consists of representatives of the member countries, who meet not just once a quarter like many if not most corporate Boards, but rather twice a week in full committee. Geopolitics inevitably drives a fair amount of what happens here, but that's also partly why it's such an interesting and stimulating place to work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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