United Nations Foundation

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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Stable work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK interview

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay, a lot of holidays, good pension fund, low stress, normal working hours. People who work at the UN are really helpful and relaxed.

    Cons

    There are no clear career paths. It seems that all depends on personal connections and how you place yourself among colleagues. There are not so much training and investment in the newly employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your subordinates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good organization and benefits, too hierarchical

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Place, Good People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to start career

    Cons

    lots of turnover, maybe because everyone is younger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people doing great work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The open workplace facilitated employees getting to know one another. Everyone was always making sure that I was getting the work I expected and willing to train me in new tasks. Received very helpful career advice

    Cons

    Superiors were great, fellow interns took themselves a little too seriously and were very unprofessional.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Stellar Non-Profit

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    Former Employee - UNA-USA Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - UNA-USA Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Available resources un-matched anywhere else in sector, Excellent executive leadership, great working environment, strong partners. Great staff as well

    Cons

    Not all teams (P&G kind of model here) are equally well run and equally well organized. Office space split between two buildings (three blocks apart) greatly diminishes collaborative atmosphere. I would often go whole days without seeing another member of my team,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and instill some foundation-wide practices to bolster performance of struggling branches like UNA-USA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    flashy, expensive, UN-foundation

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    young, hard working teams, creativity encouraged for certain departments

    Cons

    extravagant spending; no measurable impact; focused on marketing, not programming

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to intern, depending on the department

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    UN Foundation has a lot going for it in terms of the intern experiece:
    Many opportunities to make substantive contributions.
    Variety of projects
    Company/Intern Bonding and Service Projects
    Good connections, friendly and supportive colleagues.
    PAID!

    Cons

    Very top-down structure, especially in decision making. Employee vs. Executive vision occasionally seemed to clash.
    Corporate atmosphere, especially for a non-profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a more watchful eye on organizational culture.

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and good holidays, people are nice.

    Cons

    A little bit bureaucratic but as an organization with 200-300 employees, it's unavoidalbe

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    great place to work, good career launch pad

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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