UNHCR Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great exposure to how a UN agency works

    Cons

    No specific projects assigned; need to search for projects on own.

    Advice to Management

    Please incorporate more intern participation


  2. working at UNHCR in a developed country

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - External Relations Officer in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - External Relations Officer in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at UNHCR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compelling cause and highly reputed UN organisation putting you at the core of some of the most challenging issues of the 21st century, namely humanitarian aid and forced migration. Very good salarial conditions.

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, hierarchical and un-social employment system. There are a lot of constraints with long working hours and poor work-life balance. Also lots of frustrated senior managers who then out their frustration on lower positioned or national staff. Extremely slow if not impossible development perspectives in-house.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your performance appraisal system and start implementing real employee development schemes.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great insight into learning how a UN institution works

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Intern in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    At the UNHCR, there are many opportunities to utilize a wide range of skills. Because I interned in the Supply Chain, I learned of the many ways items are sourced and brought over to refugee beneficiaries all over the globe. You'll improve your global networking abilities, but don't get too attached to your coworkers--chances are they're leaving for mission soon.

    Cons

    In its essence, the UNHCR is a bureaucratic institution. Do not expect to create great changes in a fast way. These guys are quite set in their ways, and no amount of altruism can change some of these guys' minds when it comes to thinking of a new way of doing something. Also, as an intern, you don't get paid, so there's that.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the young people. Create change.


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  5. Act as liaison between extremely busy executives and other department leads on the needs of the Magazine.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communication Associate PI/MI in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Communication Associate PI/MI in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The vision and the passion of helping people. I count myself very lucky to be able to make a living doing work that is in alignment with my values and the things that I believe in.

    Cons

    Experience, A learning environment

    Advice to Management

    Good management and implementation of policies


  6. I am profound,i believe in new up comes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Adentan (Ghana)
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Adentan (Ghana)

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure by sharing and inspiring

    Cons

    We over tedious even under pressure

    Advice to Management

    Well morals is quite a topic of all times


  7. Working with vulnerable people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Associate in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Programmer Associate in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at UNHCR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, good working experience

    Cons

    overworking and too many bosses

    Advice to Management

    be more polite


  8. Good organisation, clear mandate, noble cause

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at UNHCR

    Pros

    I worked in Geneva, HQ and it is a very safe and nice place, the office is easily accessible, colleagues from all over the world and working hrs are good.

    Cons

    No carrer growth, no recognition of achievements, talent retention is non existent, many useless people in perm jobs who are dead wood and prevent younger ones from getting ahead by any means. Lots of back stabbing, rumours and pointless restructures lead to a very low morale. In the end was happy yo leave.

    Advice to Management

    UNHCR performance management system and talent rendition systems are beyond the salvation. Young and talented deserve a chance and coming from a private sector Should not be viewed as a stigma.


  9. Rewarding work in the field but difficult to get in (as regular staff)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Protection Officer (UNV)
    Current Employee - Associate Protection Officer (UNV)

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    rewarding humanitarian work; positive impact for persons in need; great colleagues and team spirit

    Cons

    very bureaucratic; budget constraints limiting the possible assistance provided in the field; unfair advantage if you know people at headquarters


  10. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I worked at UNHCR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Office culture, international staff, flexible hours, exceptional co-workers. Company values

    Cons

    No promotions, no salary for interns, work life balance.


  11. Working as face to face fundraiser was an amazing experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FACE to FACE FUNDRAISER in Vigo, A Coruña, Galicia (Spain)
    Former Employee - FACE to FACE FUNDRAISER in Vigo, A Coruña, Galicia (Spain)

    I worked at UNHCR part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You learn a lor from the organization, you meet really nice people, you get the chance to explain to people what the organization does so you increase people's awareness, and you help others with your job.

    Cons

    Sometimes people don't want to be disturbed and the weather conditions are sometimes difficult when you do your job.



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