UNESCO Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
37 Reviews
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    Working with the Frederick, Maryland Branch

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead of time and have WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION of everything.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and very bureaucratic

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    Great experience and great co-workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to live a life, not work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paris (France)

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience as entry-level

    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    location, friendly staff, interesting work in development

    Cons

    UNESCO's crisis, bureaucracy, low efficiency

  8.  

    Fulfilling experience in a dying organization that can offer few employment opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Being in a cluster office with a small staff allowed me to work on interesting and substantive projects. I was treated like an equal staff member, and my contributions were welcome.

    Cons

    Sometimes the bureaucracy of a UN agency hampered making actual progress in achieving the purported goals of the organization. Furthermore, since the United States stopped making contributions in 2011, the organization has suffered and hiring numbers are down as a result. Finally, UNESCO mostly provids technical assistance, allowing contractors to do the hands-on work on the ground.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Assistant Programme Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Started out with an internship.

    Cons

    Complicated bureaucracy and budget woes.

  10.  

    Overall an interesting learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Rewarding work and interesting colleagues

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy and slow procedures

    Recommends
  11.  

    Excellent endroit pour travailler Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Paris (France)

    I have been working at UNESCO as a contractor (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Un excellent endroit pour travailler mais tous les emplois sont de nos jours seulement sur contrat.

    A great place to work but all jobs nowadays are only on contract.

    Cons

    emploi à court terme seulement, très limité

    short term employment only, very limited

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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