FAO of the UN Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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FAO of the UN Director General José Graziano da Silva
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  1. Communications Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time

    Pros

    International experience is great, especially working with field offices

    Cons

    Very beaurocratic, takes a long time to get anything done or approved


  2. FAO has very rigid and outdated standards.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAO of the UN (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Watch out for the taxes. You WILL get screwed.


  3. Bureaucracy and Waste

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FAO of the UN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International experience, excellent salary potential, location in Rome

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of bureaucracy, people in positions who create work to hide the fact they aren't working, constant changes / reorganization prevent people from making progress or actually work planning

    Advice to Management

    Remove or reduce permanent staff, increase merit based rewards and promotion opportunities, simplify communications and messaging for staff and external parties


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  5. Working as Programme Assistant

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    Former Employee - Programmer Assistant in Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Programmer Assistant in Ankara (Turkey)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAO of the UN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Demanding and challenging work environment. Good for your CV and future career to work under UN. Prestigious organization and title.

    Cons

    So many bureaucracy procedures with other FAO Offices. Not producing anything except from folders actually. Every task comes in very last minute that's why you need to know how to manage your time and stress. No chance to change your title.


  6. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked as a consultant at the FAO and it was a great experience.

    Cons

    Difficult to go from consultant to employee if your country is over-represented.


  7. Livestock Officer

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    Former Employee - Livestock Officer
    Former Employee - Livestock Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FAO of the UN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Technically competent organization - Works for the good cause and advises member nations on technologies, policies and best practices to reduce poverty, and ensure food and nutrition security. - International environment - Lots of networking opportunities - Lots of travelling - Excellent salary

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy at every turn - Difficult to get promotion - Innovation is NOT encouraged - Performance-based job growth is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce bureaucracy and replace incompetent personnel at higher-level position - Avoid unnecessary layers in the management structure cripple the organisation - Streamline activities, but not at the expense of the excellence built over years - Implement some kind of performance incentive scheme - Decentralize technical support closer to countries in quantifiable way - Encourage and motivate staff to take risk and move on with the transformation changes proposed - Monitor and evaluate projects before, during and after its implementation


  8. Noble ideals, suffocated by bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Economist in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Economist in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    International environment Lots of networking opportunities Lots of travelling Excellent salary Good work/life balance A great opportunity to learn how the UN system functions

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at every turn Difficult to get your foot in the door Innovation is NOT encouraged Performance motivation is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Streamline, streamline, streamline Extensive monitoring and evaluation before, during and after projects is essential Implement some kind of performance incentive scheme


  9. Stressful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAO of the UN full-time

    Pros

    UN experience, high-level knowledge, money

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and streamline


  10. 5 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    UN--expect bureaucracy and political games.

    Advice to Management

    FAO is in a process of change--needed, but can be frustrating/painful.


  11. Swimming up stream... leaves you exhausted

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    Current Employee - XXX Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - XXX Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAO of the UN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Feeling 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 Management

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



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