United Nations Foundation

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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Well respected organization. For junior staff, a good place to learn and set up next job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Pros

    Benefits are really strong. Nice offices in a great location. Smart and interesting coworkers that can really make you feel like part of the family. Opportunities to meet and work with really interesting people. Great place to learn and make connections.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement opportunities. Organization is in a transitional phase so direction can be unclear at times. A lot of variation and willing between teams. Depending on team, there can be limited opportunities to apply what you're learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to clarify vision and direction during this transitional phase. Might try to focus on employee retention and advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not Your Typical NGO

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, good work life balance, very good culture, solid, mission driven plan. Thanks to Ted Turner, this NGO has a relatively large amount of capital to play with so at times that allows to it operate more like a business (which more NGOs should do!) than an NGO who has to worry more actively about scarcity. There are a huge number of people here with diverse professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    The NGO is going under a lot of changes as it spends its billionth dollar from Ted Turner. this means lots of exciting new opportunities but also some restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    And the cracks begin to show

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate
    Current Employee - Program Associate

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UN Foundation has some really great people on staff and some of them do great work. The UN Foundation name opens doors, so you can gain excellent experience and build a great network here, if you're in the right department and the right position. Benefits and compensation are some of the best in the non-profit world, but they need it to retain staff in an often tense and competitive environment. Work life balance is generally good (they usually provide more vacation hours than staff can use in a year), but some employees work long hours depending on their position and supervisor, or if they want to make a good impression. There are almost daily panels, lunches, dinners and receptions held in the office, some of which are open to staff, providing opportunity to engage in various issues and programs.

    Cons

    Many employees have reservations about how UN Foundation spends it's funding, which creates a strange disconnect between the messages the organization sends out and what employees say behind closed doors. Staff that dedicate their careers to making a positive impact in the world sometimes find it difficult to reconcile how the organization spends its resources on flashy events and travel while championing the U.N. and its issues. Other reviewers have it right: In the past, advancement was challenging under normal circumstances (lack of clearly defined progress paths), but will likely become more difficult now that the organization is tightening budgets and shedding staff. Complicated internal politics still dominate communications and strategy, making the UN Foundation a difficult place to navigate for those not savvy enough to play the game properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UN Foundation's C-suite are suffering from a serious case of founder's syndrome and typically keep their own council, ignoring dissenting voices and making decisions without regard to outside perceptions. Since they had little or no non-profit management experience prior to joining the UN Foundation, now that Ted Turner's billionth dollar is in the bank, the best thing they could do for the organization is step aside and bring in new blood to manage Ted's endowment and put the organization on a sustainable path. Without major changes in strategy and spending habits, this organization is likely to head downhill if it's endowment declines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    And the cracks begin to show

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate
    Current Employee - Program Associate

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UN Foundation has some really great people on staff and some of them do great work. The UN Foundation name opens doors, so you can gain excellent experience and build a great network here, if you're in the right department and the right position. Benefits and compensation are some of the best in the non-profit world, but they need it to retain staff in an often tense and competitive environment. Work life balance is generally good (they usually provide more vacation hours than staff can use in a year), but some employees work long hours depending on their position and supervisor, or if they want to make a good impression. There are almost daily panels, lunches, dinners and receptions held in the office, some of which are open to staff, providing opportunity to engage in various issues and programs.

    Cons

    Many employees have reservations about how UN Foundation spends it's funding, which creates a strange disconnect between the messages the organization sends out and what employees say behind closed doors. Staff that dedicate their careers to making a positive impact in the world sometimes find it difficult to reconcile how the organization spends its resources on flashy events and travel while championing the U.N. and its issues. Other reviewers have it right: In the past, advancement was challenging under normal circumstances (lack of clearly defined progress paths), but will likely become more difficult now that the organization no longer has Ted Turner's yearly contributions to rely on. Complicated internal politics still dominate communications and strategy, making the UN Foundation a difficult place to navigate for those not savvy enough to play the game properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UN Foundation's C-suite are suffering from a serious case of founder's syndrome and typically keep their own council, ignoring dissenting voices and making decisions without regard to outside perceptions. Since they had little or no non-profit management experience prior to joining the UN Foundation, now that Ted Turner's billionth dollar is in the bank, the best thing they could do for the organization is step aside and bring in new blood to manage Ted's endowment and put the organization on a sustainable path. Without major changes in strategy and spending habits, this organization is likely to head downhill if it's endowment declines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    UNF treats its employees well, but campaigns are poorly integrated within the UNF umbrella.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management treats its employees very well with generous benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    If you are working on a specific campaign, you're experience will depend largely on the Executive Director and your team. UNF has a lot of very young people with limited work experience, but lots of enthusiasm. UNF doesn't seem to provide much training for EDs to improve their management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UNF should consider more rigorous evaluation of Executive Directors and provide them with training to improve their skills. Also, management should consider creating more jobs at upper levels to allow people to grow with the Foundation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Pros

    Stable job, Employee protection, great benefits, great workspace

    Cons

    Boring work, very administrative, filled with red tape

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good working environment, smart, passionate people

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Truly interesting work, insider access to UN, friendly environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Some mismatch in workloads - some people seem to work extremely hard, while others have very little - and compensation likely doesnt match up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More merit-based system for advancement. Not playing favorites.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a dynamic, professional, and productive organization with a good foundation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects include great Benefits, good work life balance, competent staff, and emphasis on innovation and initiative.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be a distant from the staff, lack of clear articulation of professional opportunities and high turnover among staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with staff, provide clarity and transparent guidelines on how to move up in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They give interns a lot responsibility which is good. It's also a fun place to work and start a caeer. The people are really passionate about the causes they work on

    Cons

    Sometimes the organization gets a little full of itself and the work that it is doing. Internships are also now unpaid which is terrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain interns as full time staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great wholesome organization. Passionate about work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Pros

    great benefits for those who are hired, friendly and helpful staff

    Cons

    no benefits for interns, difficult to get hired as an intern

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