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USA counterpart Surveyor Manager (Former Employee) –  Lampung province Sumatra IndonesiaNovember 21, 2017
Implemented of project programe for survey and mapping 80 km primary canal , 200 km secondary cannal and more then 250,000 ha orthophoto mapping. Assisting of PRC ECI Consultant of expatriate surveyor related into time schedule , quantity and quality establishing , recruiting and training of local surveyor to meet international standard.
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Meaningful work, but very unfair structure for STCs
Consultant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 20, 2017
Meaningful work, but very unfair structure for STCs. Some of my STC colleagues have been working here for 6-8 years, without any health insurance and benefits. It would be a good option for young professional to have some exposure to some of the greatest development projects in the world, but it would not enhance your skillsets after a few years and everyone should try to learn some new techniques and skills otherwise you'll get stuck in the system. The skills here in the Bank, unfortunately, might not be transferable to other industries.
Pros
Good projects
Cons
Bad benefits and career prospects
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Consultant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 14, 2017
Good work place. Mission driven. As short term consultants, it's not the greatest place to work but also rewarding work and really good colleagues in general.
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A very fact pace but fun place to work in
Learning Analyst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 11, 2017
The World Bank offers the best multicultural environment for work. Learning is the moto, and highest quality of performance is a must. This is no place for people who want to take short cuts or have a slow day.
Pros
Multicultural environment
Cons
job insecurity with new management
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Great experiences
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 10, 2017
Great experiences that many people do not have in gaining insight into latest developments in the advancement of poverty reduction through out the world.
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Great Place for International Development
Legal Extern (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCNovember 8, 2017
The World Bank strives to reduce poverty around the world and it is on track to succeed. Anyone interested in international development would have be well served in working at the World Bank
Pros
Great place to meet and interact with people from diverse backgrounds
Cons
In the middle of Washington DC where human traffic is very high
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Productive and confidential work place
Python Developer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 6, 2017
Being a contractor I was not awarded with benefits like 401k match and health insurance..etc. But the work culture was competitive and fun filled. Manager was very supportive.
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Great place to get experience
Short-Term Consultant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 3, 2017
Great place to get experience if you want to be involved with an international organisation. Good managers. The projects experience is really good. Get to meet people from different nationalities and work together with them.
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Best places to work
Senior Auditor, Internal Audit Department (IAD) (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCOctober 29, 2017
I highly recommend working at the World Bank. I enjoyed my 25 year career at the World Bank. Had it not been due to a personal trauma that I experienced I would still be at the World Bank today
Pros
Lunch at an inhouse cafeteria. Includes some of the best dishes from around the world.
Cons
nothing.
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Productive
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 26, 2017
As I mentioned in my Resume I worked at the World Bank as a volunteer.
Good management, collaboration, strong team work, providing enough information for volunteers to answer the participants questions.
Pros
Free lunch
Cons
Short breaks
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Working at the World Bank is indeed competitive.
Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 25, 2017
I was assigned to provide APA using KPI's for Saudi Arabia vision 2030. I provided a report regarding the institutional implementation mechanisms to implement Saudi Arabia vision 2030 and it was the best experience ever.
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A good place to work
Spanish Language Instructor (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 23, 2017
A professional atmosphere, excellent group of students, good working schedule, ability to use SKY when students are in mission out of the country, good dialogue with supervisors.
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Good place to work
Senior Finance Executive, Project Financing Team (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 23, 2017
A good place to gain exposure in public sector and work with governments of countries in Asia and Africa. Very good experience in emerging markets. Flat hierarchy therefore slow promotion cycle.
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Short term contract
Short-term Consultant (Former Employee) –  Distrito FederalOctober 19, 2017
I worked at The World Bank (Less than a year) - Short term consultant contract
Pros
Very diverse, inclusive culture
Cons
Less intellectually challenging and bureaucratic
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After almost 8 years, I am ready to move somewhere else
Team Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 17, 2017
I usually work 9 hours a day, but in many occasions I have to work 10-12 hours in order to meet deadlines.It's very fast-paced, you gotta learn things quickly and be accountable for your own mistakes. I had the opportunity to work in various regions across the Bank and have met wonderful people, who share knowledge, help you grow professionally, share their experiences, give you great advice. I have learned to be more patient and tolerant. The workplace culture is fair. However, I have met few people who tend to be rude, demanding, needy and do not give credit to whom deserves it. But in general, colleagues treat your with respect, integrity, honesty. The hardest part of the job is maintaining a healthy work-life balance and leaving work on time. For some reason, some Task Team Leaders are not trained or well prepared to solve operational problems themselves. They expect the project assistant to do everything for them, even though, sometimes it would be faster for them to take care of the issue. Managerial skills vary from unit to unit across the Bank. There are many managers who really know how to do their job, there are others who have no clue how to manage their staff. Some managers are more encouraging than others and help their staff to grow professionally by seeking opportunities outside their practice or in different teams. Some managers and executive assistants can be micro-managers at times.The most enjoyable part of the job is the friends you make, the multi-cultural environment you are part of and being able to participate in various events/training all year round.  more...
Consultants have no benefits whatsoever. I wished the Bank will offer same/partial benefits to STCs, who at the end, are the ones doing the hard work in the field.
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Pros
Great mission, great people, great benefits
Cons
Career advancement is limited, when you apply to a position, most of the time there is a preferred candidate for that position, underestimation of knowledge and skills when positioned in grades below E level, there is some favoritism when it comes to promotions
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the most desireable place to work on the planet
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 12, 2017
professionalism at its best
great work culture
respectful environment
exposure to the brightest minds in the world
challenging
great advancement opportunities
fair
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enjoyed working there
independent education researcher (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCOctober 11, 2017
good work and life balance. not sure if still hiring full time staff or whether the focus has shifted to consultants. Good place for foreign nationals.
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Bureaucracy, Politics, Decent Pay and Benefits, Poor Management, and a Lack of Opportunities for Career Advancement and Promotion
Senior IT Assistant, Client Services (Current Employee) –  Washington/Metro, DCOctober 10, 2017
The World Bank is perhaps one of the most competitive employers, in terms of the benefits offered to it's employees, and their families. Healthcare & Dental Coverage that ranges from 80% to 100% - depending on the selected plan. Paid Leave for staff, versus contractors, is almost unheard of (in addition to AWS for many staff throughout the Institution). Leave is broken in to 2 categories (Sick & Annual) which starts over each year, which means an employee can only carry over a certain amount of leave between both. That which is not used and cannot be carried over to the next year is lost (use-or-lose leave).

As a Senior IT Assistant at the World Bank, days are generally fast paced and very demanding. On average IT/Client Support staff respond to anywhere from 10 to 20 cases each (Remedy) - per day. Cases range from simple software installs to more complex specialized Institutional apps. Cases also include hardware installations and deployments, Windows 10 and Microsoft Office Outlook (O365) support, along with a wide variety of other responsibilities - which require a high level of flexibility, as well as the ability to multitask and prioritize effectively and efficiently.

Management and Leadership styles and qualities also vary throughout the Institution. I've had at least one exceptional manager during my tenure in the Institution - who was unafraid to go against the establishment on those things he knew were morally right and just - regardless of ridicule and repercussions, from peers and senior management. This particular manager was not concerned with being anyone's
  more... favorite, but more so doing what was right and giving his staff a chance at succeeding. This manager also provided a sensible game plan, and followed up regularly with the team - to ensure everyone was one target for potential success. This was some time ago, when the Institution was very different. I've also had managers who were fair, as well as those who could talk for hours, for matters that required a simple yes or no... I know and understand being a manager is not an easy task, or else everyone would be managers, and I also understand a lot of what goes into being a manager is often unseen by the employees, themselves; however, I firmly believe it is the responsibility of a leader (not necessarily a manager) to provide a clear and concise road-map for future success - to his or her team.

The World Bank, in and of itself, is highly diverse environment - with a lot of moving parts. As with many organization (domestic and international) the World Bank is a highly bureaucratic environment, in which it can be very difficult - if not impossible - to progress. I can remember a time when hard work and going above and beyond would almost certainly guarantee some type of recognition "Spot Awards" and/or promotion; however, the Institution has changed drastically and is comprised primarily of cults and cliques, which if you're not apart of - you will NOT advance...
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Pros
Benefits and Salary
Cons
Promotion and Career Advancement
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Nice compensation package but management quality varies greatly depending on the team you work for
Education Economist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 9, 2017
- A typical day at work includes a lot of meetings, writing emails, doing research and writing papers. Research is quite distant from operations.
- Work varies project by project, so your boss will also change accordingly. There can be great people who lead projects but also not very nice ones.
- 1/3 of the year spent on travelling, so it would be hard when you have a family.
- Culture is very competitive. Career advancement depends mostly on networking rather than your performance. Arrogance and show casing is more valued than honesty and integrity.
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It's a bureacracy
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 4, 2017
Extremely political with promotions assigned to friends rather than merit based. Lots of contractor staff augmentation which is as badly managed as staff. Poor project selection designed to sustain IT empires rather than deliver business value.
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