UN World Food Programme Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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UN World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
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  1. Wonderful mission

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications
    Current Employee - Communications

    I have been working at UN World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm proud to work for a place making such an impact on the world.

    Cons

    Low salary, especially as a consultant. I can feel very small in such a big organization.

    Advice to Management

    There are tons of consultants doing really important work--there should be more opportunities to grow from those roles.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great experience, but only if you know the right people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at UN World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Authority on food security in the world, opportunities to go to the field for those who are seeking.

    Cons

    Terrible HR; consultants are given no job security, benefits or incentives; no emphasis on employee development; arbitrary promotion process.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining your talent! You're losing the best people because you refuse to get rid of money sucking, deadweight P and D staff, and the consultants (mostly young people) are paying a huge price, and as a result, leave.


  3. Great experience, little opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Partnership Manager in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Junior Partnership Manager in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Get a lot of responsibility - Exposure to wide variety of tasks - Great pay for entry-level position, depending on origin country no taxes paid

    Cons

    - No structured supervision/feedback - Few career progression opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training for young staff, limit amount of consultants & switch to P-contracts


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  5. Great experience as a summer-intern

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

    I worked at UN World Food Programme

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like to get involved in humanitarian aid and now in more child and pregnant women nutrition, this is a good place.

    Cons

    Some issues with bureaucracy but that's all. I really enjoyed working here and learnt a lot. Great people, great atmosphere and you get to travel


  6. WFP never lets down its beneficiaries and staff

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Damascus (Syria)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Damascus (Syria)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Despite shortage of funds and lack of donations WFP in Syria managed to resume its operation and assistance to beneficiaries through a joint staff fundraising on social media for a one dollar donation which reached donors

    Cons

    Challenges are to deliver despite the security situation in Syria and to reach the needy in this harsh winter season

    Advice to Management

    Management in general cares for its staff but process of advancement is lenghthy


  7. Helpful (1)

    Consultant for the Disaster Management Team, based in Panama City Panama

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UN World Food Programme full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing more satisfying that a humantiarian work, learned a lot about emergencies, responding to emergencies and current global issues

    Cons

    Very very bad staffing issues. Too much bureaucracy and absolutely no guarantee of job security


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience, limited career potential.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at UN World Food Programme full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, multi-cultural fast-paced emergency environment. Work is truly meaningful / accomplishes something.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion / fixed-term careers; consultants have no paid time off, sick leave, or pension option. Consultants often used as "staff" but without the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to better use / manage consultants; better contracts with opportunity for sick leave and paid time off; esp. consultants who continue employment for more than 6 months...


  9. I can benefit from your experience to make my career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at UN World Food Programme full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    becuase UNWFP is an international organization

    Cons

    i am not have changeless just want work

    Advice to Management

    my aim to be as a employee of UNWFP


  10. Good job with downfalls

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - Fellow in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    International work-environment, Intelligent and interesting co-workers, good benefits (you do not pay tax and can shop in the discount UN grocery store), 9-5 job,

    Cons

    I was a fellow and it is very difficult to land a fixed contract. People who worked there for 6 years were still on 3 months contracts (even though they went o universities like Colombia and were hard-working) If you have a fixed contract you have to move around and live in different countries. Many of these countries are dangerous like for example Somalia and Afghanistan.


  11. International Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Technical Officer in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at UN World Food Programme full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International environment Salary Opportunities to travel Good work-life balance and social security

    Cons

    Managers are not always up to their role Too much networking Too much ad hoc rules / US style

    Advice to Management

    Consider better reviewing talent - not all staff are keen/willing to spend their working time on networking and personal stufff



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