IOM Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IOM as an intern (less than an 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
  3.  

    Disagreed with business practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

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    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 an 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.

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Internship

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    Former Employee - Internship
    Former Employee - Internship

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

    Pros

    Good experience, exposure to trafficking problems, excellent contact network

    Cons

    Because of its international status the organisation is sometimes inefficient in terms of getting things done. The internship was great but on the down side, expect to chase people around for work.

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    Great experience working at the Headquarters.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at IOM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work as entry level professional, possibilities to visit different countries as part of work related travel, medical benefits, interesting projects to work on, super great direct supervisor who hired me after my internship, Geneva is a great place to live and work in.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by some higher managers and hence difficult working and demoralizing atmosphere. No possibilities for growth unless one goes to the field, low salaries (working poor), it is a project driven organization hence no job stability, contracts can vary from 3 months with possibility of extension up to 9 months contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put incompetent people at higher management positions. They kill the morale, motivation and productivity of the personnel of the entire departments of the organization.

    Recommends
  9.  

    I oversaw a research project

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    very flexible, nimble organization with opportunities to move around - never boring or mundane.

    Cons

    no job security - very personality-driven organization with lots of politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Challenging, multicultural experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Architect in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - International Architect in Kabul (Afghanistan)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow, good benefits and multicultural environment

    Cons

    field work in very challenging places

    Recommends
  11.  

    only for those who can please the boss (IOM Indonesia)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IOM as a contractor

    Pros

    Good salary, good place for international staff working with tourist visa

    Cons

    no future, no award,
    take care ilegal migrant by ilegal worker (IOM Indonesia)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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