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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 17 Nov 2019

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3.9
79%
Recommend to a Friend
63%
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The World Bank CEO Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim
317 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "No benefits for contractors (not even parking)(in 57 reviews)

  • "Very hard to be hired full time permanent(in 53 reviews)

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  1. "ST Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing environment to work in with dedicated, development-minded staff. - Work on big, important and exciting projects.

    Cons

    - There are some cases where people with similar levels of skills and experience can end up with quite different salaries.

    The World Bank2019-01-09
  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Was okay - will come back to give different review if sites allows me to move on

    Cons

    No cons i could find

    Advice to Management

    WIll be reviewing them later on just a quick on

    The World Bank2019-07-22
  3. "Junior Peofessional Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse place to work and great mission.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and lack of clear path in some areas.

    The World Bank2019-03-16
  4. "Consultant"

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    Recommends

    I have been working at The World Bank for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very motivated and qualified colleagues.

    Cons

    Contracts can be too short.

    The World Bank2018-07-02
  5. "An exciting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent working environment -flexible working hours - learning opportunity

    Cons

    -Difficult to grow up the ladder

    The World Bank2018-05-16
  6. "consultant"

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    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    exciting environment with a lot of challenge

    Cons

    long selection process and very hard

    The World Bank2018-04-12
  7. "Mixed experience, lot of nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    - Good experience if projects is near the top management

    Cons

    - Slow advancement in career - No benefits for contract-based employments - Arbitrarily deciding on salaries

    The World Bank2017-12-04
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Smart, diverse group of colleagues. Most are hard working and dedicated to core objectives and the client. Cafeteria is excellent as well!

    Cons

    Structure is quite rigid and promotion is based off of experience and politics more than competence. This can be demoralizing to staff who work hard but aren't rewarded accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the incentive structure for employees. You would think that a bunch of economists could have figured this out already!

    The World Bank2016-11-24
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Consulting at the World Bank"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank

    Pros

    If you find a good TTL to work for, being a consultant at the Bank can be rewarding.

    Cons

    If you find a bad TTL to work for, being a consultant at the Bank can be demeaning, unfulfilling, and a waste of time beyond being able to pay one's bills.

    Advice to Management

    There's not much point in giving advice to the management. The Bank is a terribly hierarchical, aristocratic organisation.

    The World Bank2016-01-17
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Country director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful international environment, long term career growth, great benefits and pension programme. Great headquarters in Washington DC and interesting international travel and overseeing of development projects.

    Cons

    Too much travel for people with families and commitments. Sometimes a feeling of "international bureaucracy" being too stifling. International environment can sometimes be difficult to manage in teams that have disimilar cultural values.

    Advice to Management

    Need to go back to longer term employment for WB staff. Have to look at countries that are underrepresented and bring in an array of professionals from these backgrounds.

    The World Bank2015-11-24
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