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Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
26 Reviews
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FAO of the UN Director General José Graziano da Silva
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  1.  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Rome (Italy)
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at FAO of the UN as a contractor (less than a 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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    FAO has very rigid and outdated standards.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.  

    Noble ideals, suffocated by bureaucracy

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not give even a dime to an intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Environmental Engineer in Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Intern - Environmental Engineer in Ankara (Turkey)

    I worked at FAO of the UN as an intern (less than a 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
  7.  

    consultancy work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Rome (Italy)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at FAO of the UN as a contractor (less than a 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Swimming up stream... leaves you exhausted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Good but can be far more better than now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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