FAO of the UN
3.0 of 5 22 reviews
www.fao.org Rome, Italy 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

FAO of the UN Director General José Graziano da Silva

José Graziano da Silva

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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consultancy work

Consultant (Current Employee)
Rome (Italy)

I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor for less than a year

ProsExcellent place to work, good people

ConsI did not experience any major cons

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce beaurocracy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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FAO has very rigid and outdated standards.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at FAO of the UN for more than 8 years

Prosthe pay and benefits are decent.

ConsWatch out for the taxes. You WILL get screwed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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5 YEARS EXPERIENCE

Programmer Officer (Current Employee)
Rome (Italy)

I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMulti cultural and dynamic with good professional growth opportunities both within house and outside.

ConsUN--expect bureaucracy and political games.

Advice to Senior ManagementFAO is in a process of change--needed, but can be frustrating/painful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stressful

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at FAO of the UN full-time

ProsUN experience, high-level knowledge, money

ConsBureaucracy, stressful, micromanagement, hierarchical, low work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify and streamline

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Swimming up stream... leaves you exhausted

XXX Officer (Current Employee)
Rome (Italy)

I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood cause for your hard work and energy and efforts. Working with counterparts worldwide. Great international community.

ConsFeeling of entitlement is prevalent among some of the staff.
Internal senior staff just rotates to new posts (even when they are ineffective); thus never bringing in new managers and never removing incompetent managers.
Intimidation of consultants is prevalent and nepotism is visible.

Advice to Senior ManagementClear objectives with milestones are needed along with strong management that has efficiency and proven team building and strategy to remain relevant.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good but can be far more better than now

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Jakarta (Indonesia)

I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor for more than a year

ProsRelax work atmosphere, flexible working hours

ConsContract / Project based employment

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not differentiate the benefits you provide between consultant and permanent staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsGood opportunity and experience to work in international organization.

ConsPoor communication between top management and staff. Unclear strategic plan.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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My experience was average

Project Assistant (Former Employee)
Yerevan (Armenia)

I worked at FAO of the UN full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary is good for a developing country

Consno growing opportunities, managers and regional representative are not smart

Advice to Senior Managementneeds to be changed

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience, too much beaurocracy

IT Professional (Current Employee)
Rome (Italy)

I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsInternational environment, excellent to learn dealing with people of different cultures. Very friendly, reasonably well paid (it depends on location, division and type of contract).

ConsBeaurocracy is sometimes an obstacle to innovation and efficiency. It is difficult to find stability as recruitment processes are unclear and unsuited to build human capital.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in bulding the human capital. Reduce traditional administrative costs and invest more in technological infrastructure, recognizing that knowledge dissemination is the core business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good work environment, but limited growth opportunity for entry-level employees

Consultant (Former Employee)
Rome (Italy)

I worked at FAO of the UN as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGood work environment, at least in the AGPM division. Open and transparent, and a fantastic view of Rome. There is always room to improve old processes.

ConsToo much turn over of employees, great disparity between salaries of consultants/entry-level employees and permanent staff, limited growth opportunities, and not result-driven enough.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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