United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    The best job in the best organization

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The UN foundation is an amazing place, working daily with these people is indeed a privilege. I have worked in a few non-profits and other organizations and these guys do it right. The atmosphere is buzzing with good energy and the results these guys achieve are amazing.

    Cons

    Fast paced, make sure you can keep up!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great wholesome organization. Passionate about work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great benefits for those who are hired, friendly and helpful staff

    Cons

    no benefits for interns, difficult to get hired as an intern


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not Your Typical NGO

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working here is nothing short of a pleasure

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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

    It's an amazing work environment filled with passionate and supportive people. I consider myself very lucky to get to work in a place that provides so much to their employees.

    Cons

    This foundation is very busy changing the world for the better and so the office is constantly busy and is incredibly fast paced. While I enjoy this aspect of it, I'm sure other people may not be able to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    You're great!


  6. great place to work, good career launch pad

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    a very idealistic and enthusiastic workforce, well funded with many side perks (amazing happy hours, etc.). Several very interesting campaigns, and employees are generally very well educated and very nice.

    Cons

    some concerns about long-term sustainability after the end of Ted Turner's contributions; the shift from substantive work towards more campaign & fundraising efforts means the focus of the organization is shifting (this could be good or bad depending on your perspective). There is a culture of having a bit too much money to work with - problems are often addressed by throwing cash at them, rather than creative problem solving under fiscal constraints (although, the flipside would likely be much worse)

    Advice to Management

    The leadership is generally very supportive, however there is a definite sense of disconnect between realities on the ground and what the management seems to understand. There is definitely preferential treatment for different campaigns; but this seems to manifest less in bold leadership and more in slightly passive aggressive (and not entirely transparent) management. Also, the environment is a bit corporate - it would be nice to relax a little bit; might be able to attract more issue-oriented people that way who would otherwise be turned off by working at a place resembling a wall street bank.


  7. Good organization and benefits, too hierarchical

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UN Foundation treats its employees well, including benefits, flexibility, and work-life balance. It is especially good if the team is strong. Find out who supervisor is since that matters most. Teams vary greatly within the foundation.

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical and one must get used to that. It is very formal for being a non-profit. There are certain people you are likely to never interact with if you are a lower level staff.


  8. Stable work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Somewhat minimal opportunities for advancement within departments

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. overall Great place to learn and grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    breadth of issues. Comprehensive approach. Experts, powers of influence. Forward and progressive.

    Cons

    Getting too big. unfocused, less innovative. losing touch with core mission.

    Advice to Management

    focus, manage, proactive growth, true to roots


  10. Helpful (1)

    great, deep, modern, but losing focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    progressive, wide ranging, creative, care about people.

    Cons

    losing its vision? not enough management (talent untapped, politics)

    Advice to Management

    manage. focus. core.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people with a passion for what they do - Lots of different aspects of organization (girls empowerment, work with United Nations, global health etc.)

    Cons

    - More interaction with senior management and between different teams



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