United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Pluses and Minuses

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Lots of vacation and other perks. Lots of travel for some positions. Offices very modern, up-to-date technology. Employees are passionate about their mission-oriented work.

    Cons

    Your happiness will depend on what team or campaign you work for. Some are faultless, absolutely superb. Others individuals are highly challenging, with certain senior staff not capable of being good managers. These few appear to be grandfathered in and they do not seem to receive internal career support to be better people managers. Ask the person you interview with about work-life balance. Some teams get it, others are buried under too much work.

    Advice to Management

    HR: You know who the problem managers are. Do something to address their short-comings. Understand that their reports are struggling to do good work despite their supervisor's attitude/craziness.


  2. UNF Review

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UNF offers a competitive benefits package The Foundation recruits well, so the staff is talented The UNF name carries weight in Washington (and the non-profit space in general)

    Cons

    Professional development opportunities are somewhat limited, particularly for entry-level positions. Senior management says they are working to improve this. Depending on which team you work for, work/life balance can be hard to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Having a more formal process in place for professional development would be great. Offering support for classes and/or training is one option.


  3. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great peers, everyone was incredibly friendly Constantly busy with new initiatives

    Cons

    Unorganized between DC and NYC offices


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Name

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    Former Employee - Junior Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Junior Staff in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The UN Foundation has a really great name. They have moved offices to a really nice facility and you get to rub elbows with a lot of people and high profile partners depending on the team you are on. The benefits package is pretty amazing, particularly if you have a family to support.

    Cons

    There is no real sense of work-life balance and the culture for junior staff doesn't reflect the more organized culture amongst senior staff and executive management. There is a big problem with professional development as well as poor management. Other reviews have mentioned poor management and that should be emphasized, there are a majority of senior staff members who are prone to finger pointing and create a culture of hierarchy. It wasn't uncommon for colleagues to admit being put in very questionable situations. Though the benefits may be great, you may not get the opportunity to really use them depending on the team you work on.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive when staff come with complaints, office bullying is not uncommon.


  6. Great location not very diverse

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location to come to work. Dupont rocks.

    Cons

    Not very diverse set of skills.


  7. Helpful (2)

    GI was hired as a consultant for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) team in the Secretary General's office.

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    Former Employee - Consultant On SE4ALL in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant On SE4ALL in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to work on the frontlines of international policy making alongside the foremost policy makers in the world.

    Cons

    Our team was hired last minute to avoid salary costs. Since we were paid daily rather than hourly, 18-20 hour days were not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Attendees of the 1st Annual SE4ALL Forum rated the event as a "C", not bad for a first attempt but thought it was rather disorganized and frantic, reflecting the attitude of the team leading up to the launch of this important international conference. And I think we probably had to spend more money on having everything last minute rush, weekend delivered than could have been saved by hiring the team with enough time to create a quality end product.


  8. Well respected organization. For junior staff, a good place to learn and set up next job.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are really strong. Nice offices in a great location. Smart and interesting coworkers that can really make you feel like part of the family. Opportunities to meet and work with really interesting people. Great place to learn and make connections.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement opportunities. Organization is in a transitional phase so direction can be unclear at times. A lot of variation and willing between teams. Depending on team, there can be limited opportunities to apply what you're learning.

    Advice to Management

    Work to clarify vision and direction during this transitional phase. Might try to focus on employee retention and advancement opportunities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not Your Typical NGO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, good work life balance, very good culture, solid, mission driven plan. Thanks to Ted Turner, this NGO has a relatively large amount of capital to play with so at times that allows to it operate more like a business (which more NGOs should do!) than an NGO who has to worry more actively about scarcity. There are a huge number of people here with diverse professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    The NGO is going under a lot of changes as it spends its billionth dollar from Ted Turner. this means lots of exciting new opportunities but also some restructuring.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Working with UNF was the Worst Experience in my Career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The company has great name recognition because of the United Nations. When mentioning this company's name in conversation, most people do not hear you say the "Foundation" part of the company title and assume you are the United Nations. UNF's name carries more weight that the work that is produced. The company has great benefits and If you come from a culturally diverse background, you will fit in here.

    Cons

    I was excited to join the United Nations Foundation. They seemed very mission driven and from the outside seemed like they are genuinely making a difference in this world. I am a professional who has been recognized for my hard work and dedication but when joining UNF, there was no learning curve. They expect you to jump in there and know everything with minimal training. The department I worked in was timing me in my first week. How is one supposed to learn while being timed? The office gossip is also a put off. The people employed there engaging in office gossip and office politics make you question if these are the same people trying to make a difference in the world. Upper management doesn't really have respect for junior staff nor do they care about the hard work put in. If your mental health is important to you and if you want to be happy where you work, i would not recommend this company.


  11. Good place to start, but not to stay

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I started here as an intern and worked my way up, I was with the organization for almost three years. It was a great place to start and I was able to make good connections with other organizations and individuals. The name of the organization carries more weight that the actual work that is produced. Beautiful office space.

    Cons

    Incredibly bureaucratic, and does not encourage creativity or new ideas. The organization is run like a company and it shows at all levels and fails to uphold the values it says it stands for. Upper management has little to no respect for junior staff. The work environment is very toxic resulting in very high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new and creative ideas, or else you will lose the people that bring diversity and fresh ideas to the organization.



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