UNESCO Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
37 Reviews
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    Working with the Frederick, Maryland Branch

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with awesome people towards an awesome mission. The culture was one of genuine team spirit and togetherness. When working with kids, there was a huge emphasis on making them feel comfortable.

    Cons

    Disorganization is the only and biggest challenge of working here. There was not much planning ahead, and there was not clear delineation of roles. This spills over into uncertainty over who to talk to when trying to resolve any issues that arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead of time and have WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION of everything.

  2.  

    fun place to work

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    great international connections; nice work environment

    Cons

    lack of budget for efficiency

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    UNESCO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Potential for growth, especially for young staff.

    Cons

    Hyper-bureaucratic, poor management, lack of career opportunities. Organization in financial crisis. Primary concern is survival, not to achieve results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great people from all over the world and opportunities for interesting assignments

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a multi-cultural organization with a very stimulating working environment from a cultural perspective. Depending on your division and whether you are at HQ or in the field, the job could be very rewarding as well. Fun and motivated staff!

    Cons

    Given the current economic crisis that UNESCO is facing, due limited financial support, the organization is struggling for its survival, and as result, there are many layoffs and few resources available for expanding its operation beyond extra budgetary funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue pursuing more options for securing funding so that UNESCO can once again become the vibrant and dynamic organization it used to be!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great internship experience- lots of exposure

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

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    Great exposure to the UN and UN agencies
    I learned a lot about diplomacy

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of direct involvement with work.

  7.  

    It was a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNESCO

    Pros

    Many chances to learn about other cultures.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a real job.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Great, diverse groups of people; responsibility from day 1 (even for interns)

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and very bureaucratic

  9.  

    Great experience and great co-workers.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris (France)

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had the chance to be involved in projects from the beginning and participate in their construction by giving my input. The environment is very international and people were helpful.
    The headquarters in Paris are great as is the cafeteria that also has an amazing view on the Eiffel Tower.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Hard to transition from intern to working there full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working at UNESCO is good, but not great

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    Current Employee - Programmer Officer
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer

    I have been working at UNESCO as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Noble mission, rewarding work with governments (sometimes), good pay, pleasant co-workers, good work-life balance, flexi-time

    Cons

    short term contracts, little to zero budget to support important programmes, bureaucracy, not innovative/creative, risk-averse, highly political, too many meetings, workshops and conferences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management teams need further training on how to manage programmes and people, most managers aren't bold, tend to follow what HQ instructs, overall, need to keep up with the times and the changing landscape outside of the UN bubble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to live a life, not work.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Paris (France)

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great location/ environment/ food
    Nice and friendly people/ multi-cultural
    People recognize the name and respect your research skills

    Cons

    Don't really get anything done. time wasted during communication and liabilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (Photo thanks to Flickr user Matthias Ripp, Some Rights Reserved)
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