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OSCE Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

    I worked at OSCE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating environment, cross-cultural, lively discussions and debates, unique culture, making a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and confidentiality can be an issue at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Negative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OSCE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office location, young team

    Cons

    No clear job responsibilities, overly bureaucratic and ineffective in result, no training provided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire your own friends

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    An organization struggling to redefine its relevance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    tax-free salaries, location of the headquarters (Secretariat) in one of the world's most beautiful and comfortable cities, 6 weeks of vacation annually

    Cons

    diminishing benefits, probable contraction (i.e. downsizing and redundancies), lack of vision from senior management, high turnover due to the non-career nature, which impairs continuity and institutional memory, infighting with the field offices and other locations, "consensus" decision making, which often leads to paralysis

    Negative Outlook
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    Interesting work, mix of staff personalities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    Broad-ranging topics to work on; good information resources available to employees

    Cons

    There is a noticeable bureaucratic side to the work; the founding mandate is relatively soft, which doesn't empower field missions to affect strong change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make an effort to innovate

  6.  

    Very useful and great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Language Assistant, Senior Program Assistant in Vushtrri (Kosovo)
    Former Employee - Language Assistant, Senior Program Assistant in Vushtrri (Kosovo)

    I worked at OSCE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good team, you know what you are supposed to work, great benefits (i.e. leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc).

    Cons

    Noncareer organization and unexpected staffing cuts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To consider fearly every candidate that applies for a job

  7.  

    Very positive , recommend to work

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at OSCE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best team, clear policies and procedures, well developed budgeting system, most of administrative processes are automated, IT infrastracture, employee relations. Very good social package, excellent leave package.

    Cons

    Has limited career opportunities, professional posts have limited years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have a look on years of service limitations, you will keep loosing professionals, althought most of them smoothly move to UN system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Menial work for a formally important organization

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    Current Employee - Editorial Intern in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Current Employee - Editorial Intern in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    I have been working at OSCE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working on topics that are meaningful

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic
    Sense no goals are being accomplished
    Waste of human capital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Mixed joys of working in an inter-governmental organisation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    If you want to have impact through quiet diplomacy and dialogue while on the front lines of the conflict cycle in key transition states, then this is a good place for you.
    Is well respected in the Balkans for the work it has done to promote the peace settlement in the region.
    Good salary and benefits (if on a fixed term contract )

    Cons

    If you expect hard core short term visible results from the work you are doing, this is not a good fit for you.
    Morale is not the highest - depends on what field office or department you are working in
    Very decentralised and politicized structure makes it hard to effect change quickly. Often progress is only seen in small steps.
    Limited-tenure of 5 - 7 years for a specific job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better performance management would ensure lower performers were brought to a higher level of expected performance.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Satisfying experience, though lack of career perspectives

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    Current Employee - Programmer Officer
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer

    I have been working at OSCE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No need for overtime work
    Good work/life balance
    Very good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    There are no career advancement opportunities
    Too bureaucratic
    Too much reporting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    haven for mediocre holders of various academic degrees selling themselves as quasi-experts

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Novi Beograd (Serbia)
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Novi Beograd (Serbia)

    I have been working at OSCE as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good health insurance, leave days, comfy facilities

    Cons

    no vision, confusing demands, no accountability, no clear credit or merits for the work done, at the end of the day grossly ineffective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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