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Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
33 Reviews

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UNESCO Directrice générale Irina Bokova
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  1.  

    Great motto and history, poor execution.

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    Former Employee - Web Content Manager  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Web Content Manager in Paris (France)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay, you don't pay taxes working for the UN. International community, I worked side by side with people from all over the world. You learn a lot from everyone and you can pick up pieces of a dozen languages, great for me because I love learning languages and cultures.

    Cons

    The Organization is too big and upper management is oblivious about the sub sectors which are all running completely different: different work culture, work ethic, start and finish times, different treatments of employes. The inequality and political agendas are some times revolting. Some delegations don't like working with women because they are Muslim and some delegations or diplomates think they are above the law and treat professionals and employees like they are beneath them. Upper management needs to protect their own professionals, people are always stressed and don't feel the protection of their superiors. However, the Culture section is amazing and I have nothing to criticize about them, in fact the organization as a whole should be more like the Culture section which almost seems to be independent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the individual sectors better, there are way too many overlapping sectors that do the same work wasting time and valuable resources for the entire organization. Nepotism and favouritism is rampant within the organization even though it is illegal. Hire the best people, not only people from countries who donate the most money. Make sure inequality in race and gender is solved in UNESCO before you preach it to the world. Preach what you teach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    UNESCO has a noble mandate but is a broken failure of corrupt bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    Pros

    Lead UN agency for education, culture and science

    Cons

    Lots of infighting, heavy layers of paperwork and bureaucracy, bias against non-French, lack of any real value judgement in hiring, instead relying on insider friends or unqualified panels who are incapable of picking good candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UNESCO leadership fails to lead -- too many do what they want without any strategic plan or oversight. Like most of the UN, Unesco suffers from overlapping departments, missions and mandates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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