ILO Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
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  1.  

    Consultant experience at ILO

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ILO

    Pros

    flexible and collaborative work environment

    Cons

    infrstructure of org is based on short term contracts

  2.  

    Positive, but sometimes slow.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ILO

    Pros

    Work with people from all over the world on development issues.

    Cons

    Large organization. Departments sometimes have little contact between them.

  3.  

    Internship experience

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at ILO part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure to development community in Washington DC

    Cons

    Can only intern for up to 6 months

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  5.  

    A dying dinosaur

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ILO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel, quality of life, international environment, blue passports, tax free

    Cons

    Held captive by interest groups, incredibly slow bureaucracy, can't translate big words and ideals into reality, no emphasis on quality (just about survival and resource grab), demotivated staff, can't decide if its a standard setting civil service or development agency, lack of a performance culture, many old people on unlimited (un-sackable) contracts who do nothing, poor treatment of 'excolls' (consultants who are limited to eu only nationality in geneva as the ilo refuses to get them work permits), doesn't practice what it preaches (and it preaches a lot), no sense that all of this is being paid for by taxpayer money - lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform has been attempted - didn't work. Needs to be stripped down and re-built from scratch. Get rid of the dead wood. Be open to change, look outside the four walls and be more dynamic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Intern of Social Security Department.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Intern in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at ILO full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is really good for a lazy people to do the internship there. You will have a big chance to travel around the beautiful city even when it is a working day.

    Cons

    The jobs in ILO cannot find its actual importance in solving the societal problem. Always it serves as a suggestion which would never be used in the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    good to learn about how the UN system functions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ILO

    Pros

    as its a UN org, it is very international in all terms, so I got to be exposed in a very international work environment, and of course it is the ideal place to set your foot in the international development if it is of your interest

    Cons

    similar to any other international orgs, it has its very slow and bureaucratic function mechanism and often the its response to the rising needs is behind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    The only programmer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at ILO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Well appreciated by users. Geneva is a fabulous place.

    Cons

    Nobody has any clue what I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire programmers. The economists need them. The IT staff are not programmers.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fantastic experience with very flexible people

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at ILO as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting Projects with the ambition to make the world better.

    Cons

    Slow and intransparent processes, seems a little disorganised from the outside

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Quality of work varies with supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee  in  Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Trainee in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at ILO for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, international environment, living stipend provided which is almost unheard of in the UN system

    Cons

    Quality of internship really depends on who your manager is. Little prospect of obtaining staff/consulting posts. Practice of hiring people that really should be consultants as interns as a cost-cutting measure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide real options for career progression to your trainees! Most individuals who intern have several years of work experience and post-graduate education. Given that this is an organization that is in the midst of renewal it makes sense to invest in retaining young talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good conditions for permanent stuff "only"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Manager in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at ILO as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good salary, infrastructure, location (Geneva), and free parking.

    Cons

    No career advancement.
    if you have a temporary contract, you will have no social security, health or retirement coverages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics and more efficiency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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