UNESCO Reviews

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  1. Communications Consultant

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    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant Education in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant Education in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to make a standing impact on international issues and policy is second to none. The people you'll meet at UNESCO are fascinating and wonderful, lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Of course, it is an extremely bureaucratic organization, driven by politics and not always with a view to the greater good. It is perfect for a policy wonk or someone who has a lot of patience. But it is not a nimble or dynamic environment,

    Advice to Management

    Reform human resources policies so that they are more realistic, especially for the consultants and interns who make up a significant percentage of the personnel that keep UNESCO running.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Working with the Frederick, Maryland Branch

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with awesome people towards an awesome mission. The culture was one of genuine team spirit and togetherness. When working with kids, there was a huge emphasis on making them feel comfortable.

    Cons

    Disorganization is the only and biggest challenge of working here. There was not much planning ahead, and there was not clear delineation of roles. This spills over into uncertainty over who to talk to when trying to resolve any issues that arise.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead of time and have WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION of everything.


  3. Great people from all over the world and opportunities for interesting assignments

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant
    Former Contractor - Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a multi-cultural organization with a very stimulating working environment from a cultural perspective. Depending on your division and whether you are at HQ or in the field, the job could be very rewarding as well. Fun and motivated staff!

    Cons

    Given the current economic crisis that UNESCO is facing, due limited financial support, the organization is struggling for its survival, and as result, there are many layoffs and few resources available for expanding its operation beyond extra budgetary funds.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pursuing more options for securing funding so that UNESCO can once again become the vibrant and dynamic organization it used to be!


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  5. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, diverse groups of people; responsibility from day 1 (even for interns)

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and very bureaucratic


  6. Inspiring work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. diverse working environment; 2. can learn a lot of things, well depends on whether you want to learn or not, cuz assignments can be boring and easy sometimes; 3. serving as an intellectual institution, working or just interning here is very inspiring for me, stimulating me to think a lot.

    Cons

    1. not many native speaker, so usually native English or French speaker have advantages; 2. a bit bureaucratic; 3. not many opportunities for interns.

    Advice to Management

    try to offer more opportunities for career starters.


  7. International Basic Sciences Program- Interm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunities to contribute to high profile events and programmes -Great team- welcoming and friendly -International environment -Social

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy -Periods of low activity -Unclear progression channels/ opportunities for graduates

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the younger generation. Pay Interms


  8. Intern at the World Heritage Center

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly environment, learned a lot about diplomacy and intergouvernmental affairs, learn about filing and the administrational structure of the United Nation and it's Organisations.

    Cons

    It is difficult for interns to get an employment after the internship, lots of paperwork, not much people contacts, they mostly prefere english and french native speakers for interns.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really feel in the position do give them any advice, it is a very big structure and I was in a small sector that didn't have a general overview.


  9. Project Management Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    really good atmoshepre. cool and competent people. really close insight of one big international organisation.

    Cons

    not payed at all. it is hard to deal the 3month internship without any money, not even a lunch ticket although you are supposed to live in Paris and be among the big level professionals. fair possibilities to get employed.


  10. Great experience and great co-workers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Current Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had the chance to be involved in projects from the beginning and participate in their construction by giving my input. The environment is very international and people were helpful. The headquarters in Paris are great as is the cafeteria that also has an amazing view on the Eiffel Tower.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Hard to transition from intern to working there full time.


  11. Good place to live a life, not work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Paris (France)
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location/ environment/ food Nice and friendly people/ multi-cultural People recognize the name and respect your research skills

    Cons

    Don't really get anything done. time wasted during communication and liabilities.



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