The World Bank
3.7 of 5 245 reviews
www.worldbank.org Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

The World Bank Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.7 245 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim

(80 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Multicultural, working with some of the best minds, good work-life balance and work environment"
    in 13 reviews
  • "The work environment differs greatly within the Bank"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "No benefits and little job security"
    in 10 reviews
  • "No job security as a consultant and you are forced to worry every few months about the next job"
    in 7 reviews
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Amazing!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank

ProsEverything is so great here. I feel right at home and it was a shame that I had to leave Ft work for grad school but I still enjoy PT work here.

ConsNothing bad to say! Cant say enough good things

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Experience

Research Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMulticultural, working with some of the best minds, good work-life balance and work environment

ConsLimited career progression, particularly in country offices

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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STC Summer 2013

Short-term Consultant (STC) (Former Employee)
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

I worked at The World Bank full-time for less than a year

ProsSalary net of tax
Additional per diem
Good accommodation and facilities given the office is located in a very under-developed country

ConsToo bureaucratic
Approval process takes too long

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Invigorating, challenging, and intellectually stimulating.

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

I worked at The World Bank as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsExtremely competitive environment while simultaneously cordial and diplomatic.

ConsConstant, every ten year, restructuring.

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term assignments for staff just create a sense of insecurity. Its better to have a five year term minimum.

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

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Good for work, bad for interns..

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank as an intern

Prosgreat culture. People from around the globe work here and everyone is pretty nice and helpful. Also I guess the pay for a staff is great because they carry LV bags around.

Cons=( no pay for interns

Advice to Senior Managementless working hours, better HR system

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience but hard to get promotions

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The World Bank

ProsGood salary, nice environment, and great place to make networking.

ConsToo much old-school employees, which makes the changes harder.

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

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Great Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The World Bank

ProsVery International place to work

ConsA bit too bureaucratic sometimes

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Interesting work, few opportunities for advancement for junior staff

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank

ProsYohave ample opportunities for travel and the work is typically interesting and moderately challenging. While hours can be long at times, there's down time around the holidays and over the summer that make up for it. Good vacation time

Consthere no clear career track for junior staff. You really need to stick around for many many years to get a staff position or you need a PhD.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for young people to adcance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience working in a multicultural environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The World Bank as a contractor for less than a year

ProsMulti-cultural international working environment, diversity. Great and interesting people.

ConsLong work hours in IT. It can be draining

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

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Very good

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

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

ProsIt is very exciting to work on research projects that are useful to people in the world. The short-term consultant position was very helpful because I was able to able work on my own hours.

ConsThere was no cons! The leadership and administration were very good. I was completely satisfied with the job. I would recommend this job to my friends.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management was great!

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

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