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UNESCO Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    fun place to work

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    great international connections; nice work environment

    Cons

    lack of budget for efficiency

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    UNESCO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Potential for growth, especially for young staff.

    Cons

    Hyper-bureaucratic, poor management, lack of career opportunities. Organization in financial crisis. Primary concern is survival, not to achieve results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great internship experience- lots of exposure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    Great exposure to the UN and UN agencies
    I learned a lot about diplomacy

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of direct involvement with work.

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  5.  

    Working at UNESCO is good, but not great

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    Current Employee - Programmer Officer
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer

    I have been working at UNESCO as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Noble mission, rewarding work with governments (sometimes), good pay, pleasant co-workers, good work-life balance, flexi-time

    Cons

    short term contracts, little to zero budget to support important programmes, bureaucracy, not innovative/creative, risk-averse, highly political, too many meetings, workshops and conferences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management teams need further training on how to manage programmes and people, most managers aren't bold, tend to follow what HQ instructs, overall, need to keep up with the times and the changing landscape outside of the UN bubble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities to work with creative people for inspiring programs, poor leadership and job security

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating work content if you are interested in the programs; many opportunities to work with creative and smart people; multicultural work environment to sharpen up political and business savvy.

    Cons

    Complicated organization and weak leadership; insecure funding and job sustainability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drastic change in both external and internal communication. Realignment of organizational strategy. Improve operations efficiency and human resources management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Involved in globally recognized work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Have credibility when dealing with outside partners
    Widely considered as a good cause.
    Plenty of goodwill towards the organization
    Interesting mandate
    Good benefits - conditions

    Cons

    Extremely heavy administrative procedures - culture of control, not accountability
    Too much political meddling in hiring staff
    Too many staff have been there too long, doing the same thing, lacking motivation, vision
    Initiative is stifled
    Remnants of left wing anti-private sector - anti-american attitude from earlier days, but changing with new generation.
    Career advancement often a function of how much time one invests wooing the various decision-makers as opposed to carrying out one's duties effectively
    Plenty of staff are tired, unmotivated
    Currently in a financial crisis - many people have no budget for activities
    Too many central services staff in proportion to program delivery staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to let some contracts expire and not be renewed
    Find fresh blood - don't extend people past retirement age

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good, but for a certain Kind of Person

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -It's an international organization so you experience how things work
    -There is alot of literature available for those interested
    -It's a good name to have on your CV

    Cons

    -As an Intern, you're given a limited amount of work and nothing challenging
    -Too much bureaucracy and paperwork one doesn't really substantial work as an Intern unless you're in the HQ New York Office.
    -it's unpaid; when the work involved is quite a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be more open and have a transparent Intern programme

    Recommends
  9.  

    A great work experience for all

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    Current Employee - President for University's Chapter Club in Gambang (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - President for University's Chapter Club in Gambang (Malaysia)

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meet new people and engage in more community programme

    Cons

    Language can be the main barrier when working with a internationally-networked body

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job had been done, need to reach more people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Les consultants font tout le travail. Consultants do all the work.

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

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bonnes missions et emploi satisfaisant en fonction de vos responsabilités.

    Good mission and job satisfaction depending on your responsibilities.

    Cons

    On travaille avec des gens qui ne sont là que pour toucher un salaire et protéger leur propre emploi.

    Working with people who are only there to collect a salary and to protect their own jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Débarrassez-vous de ceux qui travaillent mal.

    Get rid of those who are not performing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Bon si vous aimez travailler pour un secteur public Good if you like working for a Public Sector

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    Former Employee - Analyste financier in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Analyste financier in Paris (France)

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bon salaire – sans taxes, bonne pension, paye pour l'éducation des enfants, peu de travail, bien pour les mamans, sans stress.

    Good salary -tax free, good pension, pays for schooling of kids, not much work load, good for moms, stress free

    Cons

    Travail sans intérêt et ennuyeux, compliqué de de mettre en pratique de nouvelles idées, failles dans la gouvernance, mesquineries, organisation molle, rythme lent.

    Mundane boring work, difficult to implement new ideas, loopholes in governance, sub-standard project implementations, petty politics, flabby organization, slow pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Les organisations sociales devraient essayer de s’imprégner de certains aspects positifs du secteur privé - pas de compromis sur la gouvernance, une organisation sobre et du travail vers une implémentation efficace de projet. Embaucher quelques MBA devrai

    Social organizations should try to imbibe some positives of private sector - no compromise on governance, lean organization & work towards effective project implementation. Hiring some MBAs should help in efficient project implementation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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