U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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U.S. Fund for UNICEF Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best job I've had yet

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at U.S. Fund for UNICEF full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This organization is the face of UNICEF in the United States - very organized, solid leadership, fiscally accountable, lots of room for innovation and creativity. Many coworkers in my department started at a junior level and advanced - shows opportunity to grow your career here. There is concerted effort to develop employees through conferences and professional development organizations. There are also travel opportunities, but not in a wasteful way - client meetings are important, and most staff get the opportunity to visit UNICEF operations in the field after a year or two. Everyone seems happy to be here and feels like the mission makes a difference. After working for two other non-profits, this is by far the best organization I've worked for yet.

    Cons

    There is definitely some truth to teams being silo-ed, however senior management is well aware and there are real efforts to communicate across divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to break down silos and communicate across divisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Having UNICEF on your resume is great if you would like to pursue the non-profit, NGO world. If you have some down time during the week, while still in school then go for it. Just know this internship in itself is not a then opportunity for growth, yet a great stepping stone to have on a resume.

    Cons

    The experience itself was disappointing as the internship felt very robotic. We sat in a windowless and produced donor research forms all day. It was interesting to learn about the sociopolitical landscape of their Southern California donor base. However, this internship provided no room for growth. We were expected to wear fully business attire even when we never left this room during our shift. This internship was unpaid, which was frustrating as we could see the salaries of the few career employees on the office, as well as the volume of donations coming in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns to wear casual, yet presentable clothing. Unless of course we are going to events, then business attire. Provide connections of interest to interns as encouragement for future growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great mission, ok managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Huge potential wasted by self serving management and staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible Mission, Lackluster Execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Fund for UNICEF (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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Hopefully Moving in the right direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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