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FAO of the UN Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at FAO of the UN as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting project. Great benefits. Rome is beautiful. Very good way to build network of contacts.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelmed with work easily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Slow paced, bureaucratic, but relaxed environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAO of the UN as an intern

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly and approachable, as well as the managers.
    You can find some brilliant professionals.
    Multicultural environment.
    You're in Rome.
    Staff members are paid well.
    Management is trying to change the culture into a more results-driven work ethic.

    Cons

    Everything is really slow and bureaucratic (typically ministerial).
    There is a sense of disparity between consultants and staff members on the remunerations/work-load ratio.
    Interns are not valued. In some departments interns are not even conceived.
    Very political and virtually no vertical mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue pushing on the culture change. Keep trying to focus on efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    FAO has very rigid and outdated standards.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not give even a dime to an intern

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Ankara (Turkey)

    I worked at FAO of the UN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    International and friendly environment, not strict dress code, Nice place to learn IPA funded projects. You experience different kinds of projects. If money is not important for you it is a good place to be an intern.

    Cons

    0 $ per hour, They do not cover your lunch. They do not cover your travel expanses.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    consultancy work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, good people

    Cons

    I did not experience any major cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce beaurocracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    5 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in Rome (Italy)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and streamline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Swimming up stream... leaves you exhausted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - XXX Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - XXX Officer in Rome (Italy)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience was average

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Yerevan (Armenia)

    I worked at FAO of the UN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is good for a developing country

    Cons

    no growing opportunities, managers and regional representative are not smart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs to be changed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good but can be far more better than now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relax work atmosphere, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Contract / Project based employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not differentiate the benefits you provide between consultant and permanent staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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