UNICEF Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
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32 Ratings

Pros
  • Good compensation, interesting and stimulating working environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Great to help people around the world (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is rather theoretical - constantly long hours, especially at P4 level and above (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at UNICEF (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great international environment at the organization. It doesn't matter if you have an accent or if you wear you country outfit.

    Cons

    High bureaucracy to take decisions. Big organization, difficult to get feedback from all country offices.


  2. Helpful (1)

    70% Consultants

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Too many consultants and almost no opportunity to convert into staff.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Some good some bad

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at UNICEF

    Pros

    Meaningful work. The most international bunch of colleagues you can ever have. Travel to interesting places for work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance depends strongly on your boss. Zero benefits for a consultant and minimal job security even for a core role. Tedious process to become a full employee.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your long and tedious hiring system.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Bureaucratic confusion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNICEF (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay and multicultural environment

    Cons

    Dealing with a lot of incompetency


  6. Information Technology Assistant

    Former Employee - Information Technology & Communications Assistant
    Former Employee - Information Technology & Communications Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment and benefits, filled with passionate, professional and friendly colleagues who give their best on their jobs to accomplish the organization's goal of protecting children's rights all over the world.

    Cons

    Only con is you barely have any opportunities for career development and advancement in the area of Information Technology, at least in field offices.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities for IT staff in field offices


  7. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNICEF

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is amazingly friendly. The environment is diverse. There are plenty of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Depending on your contract you may not receive benefits or vacation days.


  8. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNICEF

    Pros

    People are so humbled and nice to work with.

    Cons

    So far so good. Haven't noticed cons


  9. A tricky world of possibility

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many possibilities to accomplish substantial things and work with amazing fantastic people. There is lots going on with innovation and serious thinking about how to improve aid architecture.

    Cons

    At the same time, it is a gigantic bureaucracy, so get ready for office politics, power games, etc.--not to mention all manner of cross-cultural barriers to grapple with. Of course this stuff can be invigorating, but also stifling.

    Advice to Management

    There is a hugely compelling corporate ethos that can be amplified, but this takes a democratic participatory approach to management--this seems to clash a bit with the administrative systems and political space of senior management.


  10. Pleasant place to work with a great mission to pursue

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Being able to work for the improvement of children's lives is such a fulfilling job. And the environment is always of teamwork and very pleasant.

    Cons

    Too administrative and very little chances of professional growth if you don't know the right person.


  11. A wonderful opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at UNICEF full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers from many different cultures, great benefits - especially for professionals, wholesome company values. Work/life balance if you make it your priority. The employees are highly educated so the work environment is on a high level.

    Cons

    It's a bureaucracy! So you need to work with that. I recommend building relationships with other departments and divisions as a short-cut to some of the red tape you might encounter. Sometimes it was frustrating trying to get work done as the goal posts kept getting moved and what was "ok" one month was not acceptable the next time you had to accomplish the same task! Many professionals travel to a great extent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the recommendations of those below you. Work review should be 180 degrees! Give your management better training to be managers.



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