United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Pluses and Minuses

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Lots of vacation and other perks. Lots of travel for some positions. Offices very modern, up-to-date technology. Employees are passionate about their mission-oriented work.

    Cons

    Your happiness will depend on what team or campaign you work for. Some are faultless, absolutely superb. Others individuals are highly challenging, with certain senior staff not capable of being good managers. These few appear to be grandfathered in and they do not seem to receive internal career support to be better people managers. Ask the person you interview with about work-life balance. Some teams get it, others are buried under too much work.

    Advice to Management

    HR: You know who the problem managers are. Do something to address their short-comings. Understand that their reports are struggling to do good work despite their supervisor's attitude/craziness.


  2. Great mission and organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UNF has wonderful causes that it has programs for and engages people from all over the globe. Excellent engagement of youth; however, it could be geared to be more relevant for young people. Experienced and capable staff, with friendly, relaxed office environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes channels of communication are slow, which slows down work for a project and can be borderline unprofessional. Not everyone is dedicated to the cause and when these people are in senior positions in hurts the overall image of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to consult appropriate stakeholders when making changes to a program, and when creating new programs. Often, new programs are unrealistic and not based off of appropriate research. There are many ways for the organization to save money and not hurt the effectiveness of programs, but these are not implemented - there needs to be more willingness to change and try more creative solutions.


  3. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Even as an intern you get to meet and have discussions with influential people, whether they're in politics, other UN agencies, or in academic circles. People who work at UNF are generally nice, friendly and helpful. It's a great place to build contacts for future career placement.

    Cons

    The work can be high level at times, but this is the UN foundation, so that comes with the job.


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

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everyone in the office is very nice, learned a lot. Good internship opportunity.

    Cons

    Felt very removed from the causes we were helping.

    Advice to Management

    Have slightly more structured internship programs.


  8. Good working environment, smart, passionate people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Awesome internship experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Retain interns as full time staff!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations Foundation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people with a passion for what they do - Lots of different aspects of organization (girls empowerment, work with United Nations, global health etc.)

    Cons

    - More interaction with senior management and between different teams


  11. Helpful (1)

    great, deep, modern, but losing focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    progressive, wide ranging, creative, care about people.

    Cons

    losing its vision? not enough management (talent untapped, politics)

    Advice to Management

    manage. focus. core.



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