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United Nations Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.8 247 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

(137 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I've found that the time can generally be worked into a good work-life balance(in 14 reviews)

  • Highly educated people from all around the world working together for a good cause(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • For some times, you need to be patient with staying away from family and with menimum living conditions at the feilds(in 3 reviews)

  • At times, the decision making process is delayed due to long chain of command(in 4 reviews)

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    It's amazing internship.

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe internship give me an amazing working experience.

    ConsThe internship give me an amazing experience.

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager

    Program Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat exposure, interesting work, a lot of networking. Decent hours and not a lot of pressure, slow paced.

    ConsLow pay, a lot bureaucracy and paper work, inefficient, and sometimes very opaque departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Burocratic envorinment but huge soace for growth

    Project Coordinator (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsInternal Growth, you are part of a world project

    Constoo much bureaucracy across the board

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good environment, not much work done.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, good working environment.

    ConsLots of bureaucratic red tape. Not much gets done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Procurement Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros-Employer Name Recognition
    -Exposure to Global Operations
    -Diversified Staff

    Cons-G-Staff are WAY underpaid (while they do most of the critical work - at least in my department)
    -Benefits of P-Staff are way out of proportion compared with G-Staff.
    -Obsolete IT softwares.
    -Some (not all) vacancies are pre-determined despite job listing posting.

    Advice to Senior Management-Senior Management form their own clicks
    -Be aware with general staff members and their critical functions
    -Develop your leading and motivational skills (P4/P5/D1's)

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    • Disapproves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits and pay

    Team Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat workplace and environment and work stability

    ConsJob advancement is subject to really competitive examinations. Advancement by seniority is slow and not guaranteed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional dead end

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsUntil the most recent hiring freezes and cuts, a relatively stable job.

    ConsThe organization is run as a giant patronage mill. There is no accountability, especially of management, whom are free to be abusive to staff and hire cronies without any risk of reprisal. These same managers often hire people of below average intelligence because they'll do what they're told and are just happy to have a job.

    If you went to graduate school, don't expect to use your education. Do expect any number of menial tasks. Oh, and if you dare suggest a better way to do things, such as how the rest of the world actually has done things within the past 20 years, you'll be shunned professionally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop acting like royalty: hiring your friends and pretending that organization policies don't apply to you. Maybe consider the mission of the organization from time to time instead of your best interests?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High pay

    IT Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe pay is fairly high for people who recently received their BA degrees, the starting salary is ca. $4,000 per month (G-3) excluding paid leave. Paid leave accrues at a rate of 2.5 days per month and can be cashed in (I cashed in my paid leave when I resigned).

    ConsSalary progression is quite difficult, raises barely keep up with cost of living (remember, Manhattan has the highest cost of living in the USA). In addition, there is not much transparency in the job application process (difficult to find HR contact information). If you want to make 100K per year after 5 years, you most likely won't have that opportunity with the UN.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the hiring process more transparent. Also, encourage students/recent grads to apply for professional ("P" category) positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Analyst

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEasy work. OK Money. OK Benefits.

    ConsToo routine. Just the basic stuff all the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience surpasses petty politics

    Junior Diplomat (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosname recognition, great experience, generally good people, good benefits, great social life, training

    Conssalary, petty internal politics that consume more time than the international politics, strict hiearchy- different treatment according to position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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