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United Nations Foundation Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    UNF treats its employees well, but campaigns are poorly integrated within the UNF umbrella.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management treats its employees very well with generous benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    If you are working on a specific campaign, you're experience will depend largely on the Executive Director and your team. UNF has a lot of very young people with limited work experience, but lots of enthusiasm. UNF doesn't seem to provide much training for EDs to improve their management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UNF should consider more rigorous evaluation of Executive Directors and provide them with training to improve their skills. Also, management should consider creating more jobs at upper levels to allow people to grow with the Foundation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start, but not to stay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations Foundation

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working with UNF was the Worst Experience in my Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Good place to work, boring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Pros

    Stable job, Employee protection, great benefits, great workspace

    Cons

    Boring work, very administrative, filled with red tape

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The senior leadership care more about making money than alleviating poverty.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UNF is uniquely positioned at a nexus between private, public, and the UN. The company benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    The leadership has an authoritarian leadership style, in which they are not transparent about decision making and do not communicate. Entire departments and individuals have been fired at the drop of a hat with no explanation. This breeds a culture of fear within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees. Develop transparent hiring and promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is a dynamic, professional, and productive organization with a good foundation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects include great Benefits, good work life balance, competent staff, and emphasis on innovation and initiative.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be a distant from the staff, lack of clear articulation of professional opportunities and high turnover among staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with staff, provide clarity and transparent guidelines on how to move up in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They give interns a lot responsibility which is good. It's also a fun place to work and start a caeer. The people are really passionate about the causes they work on

    Cons

    Sometimes the organization gets a little full of itself and the work that it is doing. Internships are also now unpaid which is terrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain interns as full time staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    great, deep, modern, but losing focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    manage. focus. core.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good organization and benefits, too hierarchical

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stellar Non-Profit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - UNA-USA Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - UNA-USA Intern in Washington, DC

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