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UNESCO Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    location, friendly staff, interesting work in development

    Cons

    UNESCO's crisis, bureaucracy, low efficiency

  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Culture Sector Intern in New Delhi (India)

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    culture of peace and non-violence.

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    • Senior Management
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    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please kindly answer us a brief delays.

  7.  

    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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    Awful place to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor

    Pros

    Part of UN with potential to make a difference in the world. It has done good work to some extent on the culture front.

    Cons

    Most appointments are political and not transparent. Who knows who serve as criteria for career advancement. Critical thinking is not encouraged nor is merit. The organization is not really committed to social justice and the developing world. It is a self promoting mechanism for egocentric civil servants who will not bulge from its HQs.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Overall an interesting learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNESCO

    Pros

    Rewarding work and interesting colleagues

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy and slow procedures

    Recommends
  10.  

    Involved in globally recognized work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Have credibility when dealing with outside partners
    Widely considered as a good cause.
    Plenty of goodwill towards the organization
    Interesting mandate
    Good benefits - conditions

    Cons

    Extremely heavy administrative procedures - culture of control, not accountability
    Too much political meddling in hiring staff
    Too many staff have been there too long, doing the same thing, lacking motivation, vision
    Initiative is stifled
    Remnants of left wing anti-private sector - anti-american attitude from earlier days, but changing with new generation.
    Career advancement often a function of how much time one invests wooing the various decision-makers as opposed to carrying out one's duties effectively
    Plenty of staff are tired, unmotivated
    Currently in a financial crisis - many people have no budget for activities
    Too many central services staff in proportion to program delivery staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to let some contracts expire and not be renewed
    Find fresh blood - don't extend people past retirement age

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Ambassador of peace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Messenger of Manifest 2000 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Current Employee - Messenger of Manifest 2000 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the reasons why I work at UNESCO are multiple:
    because I'm already familiar with the method of work of this organization
    - I have a long experience of over 10 years with this organization in the field of human rights, culture of peace and non-violence
    - I'm trained by this organization
    - I'll feel free to UNESCO

    Cons

    disadvantages in the workplace are much lack of pay, lack of office, lack of transportation, lack of medical care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can tell the senior management there is a problem of time that must be respected. I give the example to publish the winners of the culture of peace today 4 months. time must be regulated and also inform people who are in the program each time there is a change of something.

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