United Nations

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Best profession experience I've ever had.

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Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

I worked at United Nations

Pros

Hands on work, fast paced, challenging, constantly evolving, great location, brightest minds, the ability to effect change, meritocracy for the bureaucratic positions

Cons

Competitiveness between departments, lack of organizational coherence, difficulty in obtaining full time work after internships, once employment is obtained moving up the ladder can be a long slog

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work - if you know your way and if you are good

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    Current Employee - Chief of Unit in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Chief of Unit in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    The UN has a very exiting mission and offers a very large diversity of jobs and functions, and many very exiting tasks related to assisting people in need all over the world.
    For good people with excellent skills, who know how to network and who can learn how the system works, this organization provides excellent career opportunities. However, taking initiative is key.
    The benefits and renumerations are still quite good for many places in the world with very few exceptions (like Switzerland, where local salaries are still way higher).

    Cons

    Remember, this is a bureaucracy that has grown in over 65 years. It is important to understand how the system works, and the interaction with stakeholders. This can be difficult for some.
    There is still lack of transparency in many processes and there are places where "the own people" are promoted.
    There is a repeated drive from Senior management for increased "mobility" of UN staff. Various models have been tried with mixed success. (e.g. the "forced mobility" started in 2002 and first effective in 2007 seemed to have been failed; the voluntary VINEs program was considered a success by many staff members, but Senior Management thought otherwise and seems to return to a more forced approach).
    There is a clear trend towards an erosion of staff rights and benefits, including imposing new and difficult conditions for promotions, abandoning the permanent appointments, etc. While I would consider conditions still very good, the trend is evident.

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    For staff, the new (yet another) mobility initiative is clearly considered as a main challenge. So far the proposed ideas appear unjustified and not leading to desired results. It is still unclear why the VINEs program was considered a failure and is not actively supported and expanded rather than discontinued. It is good that large scale surveys and focus groups are used to discuss mobility, but this has to be more than a fig-leaf. This grass-roots input needs to be taken seriously and not just solicited but then ignored. There had been multiple occasions in the past where valid and correct input and recommendations were partially or entirely ignored (including the reform of the justice system).

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    Very Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    UN Charter
    Opportunity to work with colleagues from all over the world.
    Working on global issues and delivering results locally that make a difference.
    Upholding internationally agreed norms and treaties.
    Respected worldwide as being a neutral and impartial organization.

    Cons

    Large Bureaucracy - too many processes
    Slow response to initiatives
    Inflexibility to working methods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative

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