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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
355 Reviews
3.5
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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 Contractor - Short Term Consultant (STC) in New Delhi
    Former Contractor - Short Term Consultant (STC) in New Delhi

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (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 (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 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

    • 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.  

    Worked as an intern in private sector development focusing on Africa. Enjoyed it greatly.

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

    I have been working at The World Bank

    Pros

    The team I worked on here was very results oriented. I was encouraged to work creatively and was rapidly assigned additional responsibility according to my ability to take it on. I was immediately able to make valuable contributions and have my work recognized.

    Cons

    I didn't personally experience many cons, though I heard about some. Typical cons I hear are that it is hard to get a staff job, and that things can be overly bureaucratic. My unit was not overly bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation could be improved for entry level workers to make more competitive with private sector opportunities. Also, benefits for consultants could be better. For example access to the gym would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Mid level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Mid Level in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Contractor - Mid Level in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at The World Bank as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global environment, and your intellect is challenged constantly. Good benefits (for the moment) , salary is somehow competitive, and it provides some flexibility as far as work schedule.

    Cons

    Competition. ..lots of competition .....you'd better be friends with your boss, or belong to the "circle" of ivy league colleagues, so you can move around and "up" !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more diversity, not just diversity of being white, black, or blue, but being able to have a full spectrum of diverse ideas and thoughts from a "diverse" background of NON-IVY LEAGUE institutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research department

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

    I worked at The World Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people there (for the most part) care deeply about the work they do, and you get lots of access to tools, data & policymakers.

    Cons

    There are some very brilliant folks in the research department, but a few duds as well, and duds seem to trend to management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review for short term consultancy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    The work was interesting, the salary was reasonable. The Team I worked with was very professional and reflected the Bank's work values.

    Cons

    The hiring procedure was complicated, and I suffered from delay in receiving my compensation. The timeline of the project we agreed on kept changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management would be to reduce the red tape procedures for hiring consultants.

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