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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
306 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I've found that the time can generally be worked into a good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Highly educated people from all around the world working together for a good cause (in 13 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)

  • Travel and long hours worth of work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Translator / Interpreter, UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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    Former Employee - Interpreter/Translator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interpreter/Translator in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic experience. First-class professional skills challenge, not only for language but also for flexibility and diplomacy. The Conference draws an amazing array of some of the world's most interesting and influential people into high-level discussions on a fascinating range of subjects in a very charged official environment. The experience is singular, and especially when paid, an extremely validating one for a language professional.

    Cons

    The work is, alas, not always paid. The arrangements are seldom what they were slated to be, and things change in medias res from the start to the finish. Sessions can be very long, and the work can at times be rather tedious and very demanding. It is also often quite cold in the venues where one works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the UN: Provide funding to DoCIP such that all language professionals can be paid UN-standard rates for rendering UN-standard services for a valid and important UN organism, and in so doing officially recognize the importance of WCIP proceedings (and other DoCIP events) as equal to that of any other UN policymaking event.
    For DoCIP: Continue doing wonderful work for indigenous peoples, striving always to improve logistically and inclusively, with the attention to cultural sensitivity and willingness to accommodate however possible you already demonstrate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    intern

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    Current Employee - Un Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Un Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    there is a great building with great food

    Cons

    there is a lot of politics and everything - not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    horrible - please actually manage people and not scream

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Administrative Officer

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Small Office, Great location in DC, great pay.

    Cons

    You have to file taxes as self employed but they don't pay your self employment taxes. Then they pay into pension fund put don;t pay into unemployment. So if you contract ends & you don't have another job you have to live off the pension money which you get taxed on because you will no money to file unemployment. Not easy to grow if you are a General Service employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get employees in the tax department that are US Citizens that understand the tax laws for the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    eye-opening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    Got to see interesting people and events

    Cons

    The work itself is not challenging

  6.  

    Great organization!

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    Former Employee - Public Information Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Public Information Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Please are friendly and helpful.You get to see some very high-profile people and attend various inspiring lectures.

    Cons

    Just like other NGOs, the decision-making process can be really slow sometimes, and a clear hierarchy system can be felt everywhere. Interns shouldn't expect to learn a lot as they are not usually involved in the core tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Communication Intern

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

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

    Pros

    You will accumulate great experience if you would like to pursue a career in international organization. The UN has perfect multicultural working environment. You have opportunities to approach real social and economic affairs or even crisis in the world.

    Cons

    It is really hard to be officially hired by the UN, unless you will be able to pass YPP exam.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great organization, dissapointed by the tasks I had to do

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - top-level stakeholders
    - interesting meetings
    - UN is good for your CV
    - possibility to network

    Cons

    - bad interns management
    - unpaid internship
    - supervisors often abroad
    - tasks underestimated for a graduate (I had the job of a secretary)
    - slow-paced environment
    (depends on the department/manager though)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - before hiring an intern, they should think of what he is going to do
    -supervisors should try to involve interns in their day to day work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern at the Management Evaluation Unit

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    Former Employee - Management Evaluation Unit in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Evaluation Unit in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, fantastic team work and office culture. Possibility of doing substantive legal work.

    Cons

    Beaurocratic procedures, and large institutional constraints for employment continuity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, empowering interns and making it possible for them to fully comprehend the UN system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    Learning Experience, everyone is very nice, exposure to various members of countries, and international organizations.

    Cons

    I work here as a volunteer so no cons yet because I just started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good direction and building international peace, cooperation and security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Contractor

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

    I worked at United Nations as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary Compensation is competitive to other corporations

    Cons

    Unfortunately it was not a good experience, I saw a lot of politics, lack of ethics and internal problems, I hope they change and take their role in the world because the UN is a necessary organization for the benefit of the humanity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adhere to fully to the Government accountability project for accountability, because if not the UN will not be a good institution for the benefit of the world in the coming years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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