U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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U.S. Fund for UNICEF Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great mission, ok managment

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

    I have been working at U.S. Fund for UNICEF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, good benefits, and work/life balance

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth
    Too many silos not enough collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on professional development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    Pros

    Though essentially a marketing/fundraising outfit, the mission to raise support for UNICEF is honorable.
    USF does appear to accommodate those wishing to work part-time from their homes.

    Cons

    Disorganized structure; constant reorganizing of departments/assignments.
    There seemed to be several long-term temporary employees.
    Very cliquish environment.
    Surface cordiality; but it's clear there is discontent among staff witnessed thru turnover and employee conversations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Huge potential wasted by self serving management and staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Mission statement is attractive, though the organization is essentially a facade (marketing and PR for UNICEF)

    Cons

    Departments especially fundraising operate in silos;
    Extremely territorial staff and management;
    Junior and middle level staff paid below market rate;
    Bullies are rewarded in this environment
    Turnover rate is very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure competitive pay at all levels
    End silo mentality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    silos

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    Pros

    program management really does care

    Cons

    beuracrcy makes it difficult to accomplish anything

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible Mission, Lackluster Execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    First and foremost, the organization's mission is top notch. It's the kind of mission that makes one feel good inside and allows one to sleep at night. There are many like-minded, compassionate people within the organization. The organization can mobilize quickly to respond to sudden emergencies. There are rewarding and gratifying opportunities to support specific projects in the field. Regular visits by UNICEF staff from the field offer great motivation and inspiring tales of success. Their presentations make staff feel connected to the mission, while giving them a greater sense of what it's like on the ground.

    Cons

    • Lack of transparency.
    • Culture of paranoia.
    • Though well intentioned, departments are often not able to work well with one another due to a lack of free communication and a failure to share information effectively.
    • Territorial attitude is widespread.
    • Supporters of the mission often feel bullied or overlooked by colleagues that have their own agendas and personal goals. Supporters of the mission are not equally acknowledged.
    • Change is not always easy, pleasant, or expected – leaving many people feeling on edge.
    • Senior management seems to have no regard for the incredibly high turnover.
    • Senior management touts an open door policy, but they really aren’t very accessible. Middle management often plays defense and instructs staff that all comments to senior management must go through them.
    • Lack of direction and priorities.
    • Emergencies seem to trump all projects, making the organization seem like an ambulance chaser. However, not all emergencies receive equal attention.
    • There is an identity crisis. Is UNICEF a long-term development agency or is it an emergency relief agency. This identity crisis probably confuses a great number of donors.
    • Donors receive far too many mailings, emails, texts. It's truly information/solicitation overload. Mailings can be slightly deceptive, if you don't read the fine print.
    • Fundraisers often allow donors to drive projects, rather than allowing the projects to be driven by the actual needs or the expertise of UNICEF field practitioners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig deep. Take stock. Realize that some real soul searching is necessary. Ask yourselves, "Why are so many people so unhappy?" Understand that many people are willing to pull the trigger and jump ship as soon as the opportunity arises. The emphasis on celebrity support and special events is important, but not at the expense of the believers that come in day in and day out to promote UNICEF and its lifesaving work. Be more honest without being vague. Try to limit huge surprises. Restructuring is a difficult process, but it's so much worse when people are blindsided.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Well-meaning, but too many ideas and not enough focus.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone really does believe in the mission. The problem is that everyone talks the talk, but not really walks the walk. For example, the corporate partners are screened, but not really to the standards most would expect.

    Cons

    Every person goes by their own, departmental, or divisional goals; it's really hard to get people out of their silos. Skill sets seem dated.

    They get stuck in a cycle of not investing in the organization. For example, it's really hard to get permission to fill openings, which leads to poorer results, which leads to making it harder to get permission...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change (or really be developed first). Everyone cuts corners to get their immediate goals done, but it hurts the organization, and, therefore, the children in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Century City, CA

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture, Values, people, only positives

    Cons

    management not centralized, trust your interns more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your interns more, especially if they come from top schools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hopefully Moving in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    Pros

    You meet good interesting people of many backgrounds

    Cons

    not very invested in good employee retention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the concerns of staff.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Contracter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    Pros

    heavy focus on fundraising efforts, people are really nice

    Cons

    slow paced work environment, top down approach

  11.  

    Great Mission, Ineffective Management

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at U.S. Fund for UNICEF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The mission is awesome and some extremely talented people work here

    Cons

    Extremely bureacratic and territorial place to work. Collaborative projects tend to fail. There is a culture of mistrust, paranoia and fear. Great employees become buned out and the turnover is so high, you keep finding yourself adjusting to priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking accountability for the lack of progress; most issues are all coming from the top. Reward the hard working, results-oriented employees and agree to strategies that create trust and fairness throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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