IOM Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Great Company very rewarding work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IOM

    Pros

    Very Rewarding working with clients and Good salary

    Cons

    Senior Management were very clicky, didn't give staff the opportunity to move up unless you were part of the 'incrowd'

    Recommends
  2. I worked as an intern for IOM for a few months. I had some really great opportunities and learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at IOM

    Pros

    I think IOM does a lot of good and has opportunities to work in countries that are closed to other western international organizations.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to break into a permanent position with IOM because their work is project based. If you happen to be lucky enough to get put on a funded project, then there's room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked if my supervisors could have at least provided some contacts for future networking after finishing my internship. I didn't get much help from them after I left.

  3. Does great work with pretty good salaries, but no job security

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at IOM as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work in interesting places, get a range of interesting roles, work with great people

    Cons

    When a project ends, your employment is terminated. It's very hard to start accruing benefits into a pension plan, many people are hired on renewing 9 month contracts so they never qualify for the benefits of a full employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider working on strategies to mitigate employee turnover. Loosing al the employees of a project after it ends is very costly to a company in the long-run because your talent goes to the competition, and you have to hire and train new people again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Accounts Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IOM

    Pros

    Love it in there! One of the best companies i've been part of.

    Cons

    No bonus, all are under contract

  6. Disagreed with business practices

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at IOM as an intern

    Pros

    Able to meet interesting people in the department

    Cons

    Hot working environment in the summer. Little access to people outside of department. Many at HQ took lots of time off during summer time so I was underutilized while I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reach out to donor countries for every individual project, that gives countries too much leeway in how the operations are run. In many cases this is bad for the migrant.

  7. Good Career prospects

    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at IOM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Career growth and affiliated to the United Nations. Moving from one Mission to another is a real possibility.

    Cons

    The organization depending on the country office can be resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide staff with more capacity building opportunities.

  8. Entrepreneurial spirit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IOM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth and initiative - especially in the field. More dynamic than most other UN agencies.
    Young colleagues, good spirit and dynamism

    Cons

    Very poor HR management and funding varies depending on donors, not only poor job stability but also difficult to retain talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your HR system and invest more in growing the potential of your current employees

    Recommends
  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IOM

    Pros

    Great learning environment, lots of opportunities for international staff, friendly people, impactful work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. limited career possibilities

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    Former Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I worked at IOM

    Pros

    International opportunities if you manage to connect with the right people. If you manage to bring in funds most probably you will get new opportunities, however very focused on bringing in money and not so much contributing to good project implementation and technical expertise.

    Cons

    undergraded positions, poor leadership in relation to project management. As mentioned above the organisation is very driven by money and not so much on a normatve basis making you feel that you work for a company rather than an organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to plan for career advancements and not only looking at specific projects. Hard to keep staff motivated in the current structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Good Organisation with lot of learning.

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    Current Employee - DPA ( QC7 QZ) in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - DPA ( QC7 QZ) in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    I have been working at IOM

    Pros

    proud to be part of team ans this is good reputed organisation in Pakistan.

    Cons

    organisation is very professional and good administrative behavior.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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