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The "Ryanair" of International Organizations

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Geneva (Switzerland)
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Geneva (Switzerland)

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

Pros

work-life balance seems good for permanent staff, especially considering the benefits they get. Lots of bright people. Interesting field projects.

Cons

This place is so low budget it becomes tiresome. My computer constantly broke down and was running WINDOWS 98! I could barely get any work done.
Management was completely deaf to anything innovative that tried to challenge the norm. (ie. being completely outdated and inefficient).

People in the Geneva HQ seem way more preoccupied with their next vacation than the work that needs to get done. There was very little accountability. High-level staff would go missing from time to time...nobody, not even their secretaries, would know where they were.

Interns get paid a really crummy stipend that makes Geneva barely liveable (people at McDonalds get paid about double!). Interns often get strung out for nine months until they get upgraded to "consultants," though this results in being paid barely above what they were paid as interns with no benefits.

Advice to Management

Trim some of your outrageous staff benefits to save costs, clear out the old cobwebs that are holding you down, invest in some decent IT equipment, LISTEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE...don't treat them like dirt.

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    Damascus Syria office is a decent place to work, however there are absolutely no prospects for growth within the org.

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    Former Employee - Case Worker in Damascus (Syria)
    Former Employee - Case Worker in Damascus (Syria)

    I worked at IOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, bright colleagues. Clean, modern offices with up-to-date computers and hardware. Very good salary compared to standards in Syria.

    Cons

    Very weak management. Nepotism. Many hard-working employees feel under-appreciated. No prospects for growth or promotion within the organization, all positions feel like a dead-end job. No prospects of becoming an international employee.

    Advice to Management

    Better motivation and appreciation of employees. Change hierarchy and structure to allow for growth among the organization's ladder.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place to stretch yourself regarding the range of tasks you can do

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

    I have been working at IOM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Can end up taking up someone else's responsibilities or doing more than your job description which can provide good opportunities.
    Good name-in some areas

    Cons

    Lack of core funding for field offices means every position is projectized which can result in a focus on proposing low-quality projects just to pay for staff, and since everyone is on a certain project, there is always less time for very valuable tasks in HR, management, and monitoring.

    Advice to Management

    Core positions should be funded in field missions as it creates the con above in order to produce higher quality projects and outputs.


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