UNESCO
3.7 of 5 27 reviews
www.unesco.org Paris, France 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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UNESCO

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at UNESCO full-time

ProsPotential for growth, especially for young staff.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great internship experience- lots of exposure

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at UNESCO as an intern

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

ConsPoor management and lack of direct involvement with work.

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

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

I worked at UNESCO full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStimulating 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDrastic change in both external and internal communication. Realignment of organizational strategy. Improve operations efficiency and human resources management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good if you like working for a Public Sector

Finance Analyst (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at UNESCO full-time for more than a year

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementSocial 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn, bogged down by bureaucracy

Assistant Programme Specialist (Former Employee)
Paris (France)

I worked at UNESCO full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Great place to learn about the ins and outs of international development, gain exposure to and participate in very interesting projects that have real impact, work in multicultural teams, and have access to and work alongside upper management (both within UNESCO and at Ministries, aid agencies, etc)
- Stimulating environment if you are able to concentrate on specific projects and work closely with field offices on implementation
- Opens other doors for further employment within the field; good contacts and networking opportunities
- Great salary and benefits, exposure to diffierent cultures, opportunities to travel

Cons- Organization is incredibly bogged down by bureaucracy; many staff have lost motiavtion
- Lack of transparency and slowness of decision-making processes from upper management
- Need to have a lot of patience, have a proactive attitude and seek the most interesting opportunities in which to be involved
- Most employment opportunities for staff are on short-term contractual bases which leads to a lot of turnover, job unsatisfaction, and difficulty to ensure sustability of projects if half of the project staff doesn't know if they will be employed

Advice to Senior Management- Reorganization should occur at the adminsitrative level -- too many people employed to oversee bureaucratic/administrative processes to the detriment of actual project work!
- Let go of people past retirement age
- Hire people that have had a variety of experience to help the organization think outside of the box and be back on its feet...too many people with the exact same experiences that are contect to implement projects in less than innovative ways

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Involved in globally recognized work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UNESCO full-time

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good, but for a certain Kind of Person

Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at UNESCO full-time for less than a 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 Senior Management-Be more open and have a transparent Intern programme

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great work experience for all

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

I have been working at UNESCO full-time for less than a year

ProsMeet new people and engage in more community programme

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGood job had been done, need to reach more people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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