UN World Food Programme

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UN World Food Programme Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.7 24 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

UN World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin

(4 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great learning time

    Intern (Current Employee) Rome (Italy)

    Prosbuild a valid network and learn a lot of things

    Consdifficoult to get other contracts apart from the internship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    • Disapproves of CEO

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    Great experience, but only if you know the right people

    Consultant (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work but not much forward movement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMeaningful work that engages at all levels (from field implementation to policy influence with governments).
    Open to innovation, though slow to take it up.

    ConsDifferences in internal perception of who are 'staff' based on contract types rather than work undertaken. Many roles that are integral and permanent are filled by people on consultancies or service contracts, who have very little power in negotiation, leaving them vulnerable. Work life balance in COs often bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen opportunities for staff of all contract types, and allow for open conversations on these issues.
    Introduce performance reviews and feedback such as PACE to other contract types to enable others to also benefit from reflection and growth opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    International Organization

    Technical Officer (Current Employee) Rome (Italy)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential, but ultimately very disappointing to work here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMulticultural working environment. To gain experience for next job.

    ConsPoor career advancement, interns are treated like disposable assets. They don't value talent, experience or fresh new ideas.

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    I was working as a Logistics Assistant

    Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is a humanitarian Organization running with UN system can help the employer to improve his skill of work and gain a lot of experience .

    ConsWFP system is unique .

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsJob satisfaction, values, salaries, holidays.

    ConsMany of the middle (regional) managers are political appointments from around the world and so you could find yourself being managed by a total and utter imbecile!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    30 years experience retired as Programme Officer

    Programmer Officer (Former Employee) New Delhi (India)

    ProsWorked for a charity organization and for the poor and for the down trodden people all over the world.

    ConsOrganization should concentrate to make use of the fund for the best use of the people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization should take steps to reduce administrative cost so that the actual fund will be utilized for the development of the poor people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Volunteer

    Volunteer (Current Employee) Cairo (Egypt)

    ProsMotivating, friendly environment, exposure to different cultures, languages and programmes, an overall unique experience

    ConsThough familiarity with organisation is a bonus for future purposes, in certain cases, volunteering may not count as work experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor mentorship

    Intern (Former Employee) Rome (Italy)

    ProsYou are thrown into the deep end and you learn by being proactive.
    There is a multi national work environment.

    ConsDownside is there is no guidance to guage weaknesses and strengths.
    Interns should be given the opportunity to apply for permanent positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternship program should be well rounded across all departments. The point of an internship is for a graduate to make up his decision whether follow a certain career path

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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