UN World Food Programme Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great experience, but only if you know the right people

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great experience as a summer-intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UN World Food Programme

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great opportunity for professional development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)

    I have been working at UN World Food Programme as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and great support regionally and from headquarters in Rome

    Cons

    Career development and promotions are not always commiserate with years of experience and expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great office culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Field Engineering Team Intern

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    Former Intern - Field Engineering Team in Rome (Italy)
    Former Intern - Field Engineering Team in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Felt like part of the team even though just an intern. A lot of responsibility for a number of projects was given to me and was even given the lead on a few projects. The work was very meaningful so didn't mind the long hours.

    Cons

    Salary was very poor, but getting the experience and the exposure to this kind of company was still worth it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. Positive experience with some downsides

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Rome (Italy)
    Former Intern - Intern in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment filled with friendly and fun people, I made some life lasting friendship here.

    As an intern my work-load was quite low and this helped me cope with academic studies at the same time.

    There are some nice career opportunities even if they are hard to grasp without connections.

    Cons

    Inefficiency in some aspects of the organization is mind boggling.

    Power struggles at higher levels makes you loose faith in humanity.

    Sometimes boring work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about employees and stop fighting over power.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. WFP never lets down its beneficiaries and staff

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

    I worked at UN World Food Programme

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Consultant for the Disaster Management Team, based in Panama City Panama

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UN World Food Programme full-time

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great international expirience

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rome (Italy)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rome (Italy)

    I worked at UN World Food Programme as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    You work in one of the most respect UN-Agencies that actually get things done

    Cons

    Being a consultant means that job security is always an issues, unless you are well connected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the consultant, they are human too!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Amazing experience, limited career potential.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. I can benefit from your experience to make my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    my aim to be as a employee of UNWFP

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