The World Bank

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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 14 November 2014
Updated 14 November 2014
315 Reviews
3.6
315 Reviews
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The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work in an international environment, good work life balance (in 22 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 16 reviews)

  • Further, as a consultant, there is no job security and wages for U (in 12 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 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 (more than an 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 an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations Analyst, Country Management Unit

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

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely Intelligent Colleagues, Ambitious, Driven, Intellectual Quasi/Academic Atmosphere, Exceptional Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Environment, Diplomatic Status

    Cons

    Cut throat Politics, Bureaucratic Organizational Structure, Rigid Culture, Extremely Hierarchical, Heavy Workload, Performance Irrelevant, Management cares about deference more than work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still a pretty incredible place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Definitely in operations, it's a fast-paced environment. At this level, there is opportunity to work on a range of things- managing staff, leading complex or high-profile initiatives (country and/or regional), representing your global practice on corporate WGs or the like. Despite the current environment, there are still so many incredibly talented people from pretty much every corner of the planet. No single day is routine.

    Cons

    Senior Management, including some leadership in the Global Practices are incredibly tone-deaf and imposing new processes or measures that boggle the mind and frustrate staff. The benefits package seems to constantly be under scrutiny - granted it's generous by US standards but it is not maintaining its competitiveness with Tier-1 consulting firms or investment banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Organization

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

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

    Pros

    Multicultural environment makes it a real interesting place to work in.

    Cons

    No life-work balance, benefit cuts, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    An opportunity to have a real impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse employment pool of passionate, top-notch colleagues; Excellent compensation and benefits, even if these are quite rightly being scaled down; Operations staff are generally given a high degree of autonomy and responsibility to design and implement projects.

    Cons

    Morale is at a low level with a lot of concerns over much-needed downsizing; Quality of management is inconsistent; Very personality driven as an organization; Value proposition for short term consultants is far less compelling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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