UNESCO Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
20 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
UNESCO Directrice générale Irina Bokova
Irina Bokova
1 Rating

20 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Web developer

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and culture atmosphere

    Cons

    Budget limited and heavy administration

    Advice to Management

    Hire talents


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (1)

    UNESCO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Great internship experience- lots of exposure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 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.


  6. Great place to work...but terrible bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    International, multi-cultural environment. Always great things going on. Some really inspiring colleagues. Opportunities to move around once you're in. Great experience.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism and terrible bureaucracy. Lots of hiring of former-colleagues. Consultant contracts were always delayed, making it really difficult for us. It's hard to know where the problems lie but some Admin staff would take ages to take anything done. In the meantime, you don't know whether to find something else or whether to renew your lease. It makes everything quite uncertain, especially for consultants with families. The limits on hiring new staff since the crisis also means that consultants are brought on board to fill in the gaps. They're employed long-term but have to take unpaid leave for a month per year. No benefits, much less salary and they're doing the exact same job as staff members. It's created a two-tier class system.

    Advice to Management

    HR overhaul is needed. Getting consultants in with no benefits or job security to do the same job as P/G-level staff is no way to run a human rights organisation. Nepotism should also be addressed.


  7. Boring/pointless

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Connections, huge CV builder, good opportunities afterwards.

    Cons

    No actual work is done, the internship is mostly listening to upper level people complain about their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Implement an actual internship program! The current nepotistic situation is pointless.


  8. Stagiaire

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, working with highly intelligent people

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, unpaid internships, uncertainty re contract renewals for staff slows down work in progress


  9. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Great way to learn about the UN bureaucracy

    Cons

    Unfortunatelly, UN internships are unpaid


  10. Great organization with big challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    What the organization stands for is great and it is filled with good people who believe deeply in what they are working to achieve. Enjoys very good visibility and 'gravitas' amongst society and governments.

    Cons

    Way behind other UN organizations in terms of management and its capacity to deliver. Serious issues in terms of accountability and oversight. Very much in need of reforms but this is hampered by the financial crisis. Too top-heavy/HQ-centric and very little potential for career growth for junior staff. Dual-tiered structure with great pay and benefits for staff, with consultants used as staff but treated significantly worse.

    Advice to Management

    Place greater emphasis on management, accountability and results. Focus more on the field where the real work is happening. Resolve the imbalance between senior posts (too many) and mid-level/junior posts (too few). Stop implementing programmes in areas where other agencies clearly have stronger capacity.


  11. International Basic Sciences Program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work with a very wide range of nationalities and cultures
    -Great flexibility with work- opportunity to volunteer to be involved in projects that suit your interests.
    -Great work-life balance
    -Friendly work environment- very social
    -Opportunity to participate/ attend high-profile events

    Cons

    -Very bureaucratic
    -Could be slow paced at times if there are no projects to work on, so its probably not the best place to start a career
    -Internships are unpaid
    -Perception of there being limited opportunities at entry-level- Networking is KEY

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building and retaining young talent- it's an attractive organisation to work for but many graduates/ post grads may be discouraged by the lack of clarity of the recruitment process and the seeming lack of opportunities at entry level.



Showing 20 of 49 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.