UNESCO Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Project Management Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

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

    Pros

    really good atmoshepre. cool and competent people. really close insight of one big international organisation.

    Cons

    not payed at all. it is hard to deal the 3month internship without any money, not even a lunch ticket although you are supposed to live in Paris and be among the big level professionals.
    fair possibilities to get employed.

  2. Great experience and great co-workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Current Intern - Intern in Paris (France)

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

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

    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.

  3. Working at UNESCO is good, but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Programmer Officer
    Current Contractor - Programmer Officer

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Good place to live a life, not work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Paris (France)
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Paris (France)

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    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.

  6. It was an excellent experience, with great environment and an inclusive work area

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Intern - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

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

    Pros

    The inclusive work atmosphere allows for more in depth knowledge on the world around us and gives a deep insight into how policies and policy makers are constantly updating the education systems around the globe.

    Cons

    There is a lot of reading and a lot of researching if you are new to the terms and concepts where focus and attention is needed. Other than that, work is great.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is smooth moving in UNESCO and their work and hiring system is up to par.

  7. Good experience as entry-level

    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    location, friendly staff, interesting work in development

    Cons

    UNESCO's crisis, bureaucracy, low efficiency

  8. Great opportunities to work with creative people for inspiring programs, poor leadership and job security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stimulating work content if you are interested in the programs; many opportunities to work with creative and smart people; multicultural work environment to sharpen up political and business savvy.

    Cons

    Complicated organization and weak leadership; insecure funding and job sustainability.

    Advice to Management

    Drastic change in both external and internal communication. Realignment of organizational strategy. Improve operations efficiency and human resources management.

  9. Fulfilling experience in a dying organization that can offer few employment opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Current Intern - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Being in a cluster office with a small staff allowed me to work on interesting and substantive projects. I was treated like an equal staff member, and my contributions were welcome.

    Cons

    Sometimes the bureaucracy of a UN agency hampered making actual progress in achieving the purported goals of the organization. Furthermore, since the United States stopped making contributions in 2011, the organization has suffered and hiring numbers are down as a result. Finally, UNESCO mostly provids technical assistance, allowing contractors to do the hands-on work on the ground.

  10. culture of peace and non-violence.

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

    I have been working at UNESCO

    Pros

    the best reason that pushes me to work at UNESCO
    because I have worked as a volunteer for over 10 years and I am used to the way they work.

    Cons

    lack of pay, lack of protection in the event of an assignment of risk, lack of office equipment, lack of means of transport.

    Advice to Management

    Please kindly answer us a brief delays.

  11. Assistant Programme Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Started out with an internship.

    Cons

    Complicated bureaucracy and budget woes.

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