The World Bank Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated 9 Jun 2020

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The World Bank President David Malpass
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  • "Unless you are staff (which only economists or high executives are) you have virtually no benefits(in 66 reviews)

  • "work/life balance, not a clear path to advance for younger contributors(in 48 reviews)

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  1. "PPP Legal Consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The World Bank part-time

    Pros

    Great platform and flexible working environment. Always feel exiting for what you are working on and achievement accomplished.

    Cons

    Large organization may have its own systematic problem. May need to travel a lots for mission all over the world.

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  2. "Great place for internationals"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work authorization for internationals, not an issue Great work-life balance Respectful work environment

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming at times No insurance for consultants

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  3. "Senior Accounting Analyst"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chennai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment No tax on salary

    Cons

    Slow or no growth at all. As it is an NGO, so no yearly bonus.

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    "Great place to work but at huge price"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious position and work environment, meaningful job, you will literally be changing the world, you will literally influence people lives, opportunities for development, great opportunities after leaving the Bank, excellent pay, excellent benefits, opportunity to travel the world, meet leaders and top officials, live in DC, and flexible work options.

    Cons

    Long lasting career within the Bank is unlikely; Your future is always uncertain as most contracts are term contracts making it impossible to feel settled in town or establish a family; Your livelihood is in the hand of your colleagues whom feedback does not necessarily depend on your professional outputs; short term consultant contracts are technically a form of modern day slavery and require full review ASAP; Team members scattered around the globe and respect for personal time outside work hours is nonexistent (personally I have been told to my face by a task team leader that if I prioritize my family then this job is not for me, this ideology is wide spread across the Bank and perhaps explains why large number of staff either come from broken homes or from poverty/war, though it is worth noting that you're highly encouraged to marry from within the institution); Sexual harassment is widespread (refer to Staff Association recent survey) and this is not surprising when taking into consideration the power some staff are given when it comes to contract renewal and the position of vulnerability you're at once you have tasted the benefits of this job; expect it to be difficult to have a social life outside work given the frequent travels and work hours;

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  5. "Low pressure work environemnt"

    4.0
    Current Employee - PL/SQL Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a very low pressure work environment. You will have a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Base pay is not that great.

  6. "Great Organisation"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great work environment and smart people

    Cons

    Not much room to grow

  7. "Good working environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC

    I worked at The World Bank full-time

    Pros

    Professional, multicultural, diverse working environment.

    Cons

    It is all about the political

  8. "working on Environmental and Social management along B2B road THRCP/WB/MOT based on AF and WB requirement"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Manager in Kabul
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    it's one of the World Bank A categories project in Afghanistan with the big working environment and a couple of professional staff

    Cons

    weak coordination at the senior level

  9. "One of my Favorite Places to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank for less than a year

    Pros

    I've contracted with the World Bank twice now and loved both times. The work environment is fantastic and the DC campus is a great place to work.

    Cons

    The only downside is I didn't always get as many contract hours as I would hope and overtime is complicated.

  10. "Great work environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Short-term Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The World Bank for less than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance depends on your team-- mine made it manageable Enriching, international work environment-- you work with people from all over the world

    Cons

    No real way to move up the ladder unless you have a PhD, and even then it is very difficult Unless you are staff (which only economists or high executives are) you have virtually no benefits

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