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The World Bank Reviews

Updated 20 Jun 2019

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The World Bank CEO Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim
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  • "No benefits and not a position to get a more permanent job(in 53 reviews)

  • "Lack of full time opportunities, job security(in 50 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. "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
  3. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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
  4. "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
  5. "consultant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      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
    • "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
    • 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
    • Helpful (4)

      "Consulting at the World Bank"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      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
    • 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
    • "Great place to work"

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

      I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Premier organization, top talent, very diverse and international, extremely rewarding work and ability to make a big impact

      Cons

      rather hierarchcal, slow career progression

      The World Bank2015-06-24
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