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United Nations Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
283 Reviews
3.8
283 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)

  • At times, the decision making process is delayed due to long chain of command (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ruined by bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    High impact projects, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Incompetent staff tenured for life, lack of fresh talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the dinosaurs and do a better job of bringing in new talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Editorial assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Access to variety of documents; interesting in that aspect.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move upwards. This position exists only in a few departments.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Internship Ever

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Administartion in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Public Administartion in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great International Exposure
    Ability to work on tangible international issues
    'Great Bar-Delegates Lounge'

    Cons

    Interns don't get paid
    Have to work within bureaucracy
    Sometimes the pace can get annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay interns

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    Very international culture, looks great on resume.

    Cons

    Tough to enact big change in such a huge organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    About the Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Got to meet lots of great people and make good connections

    Cons

    Its zero percent change of getting employed after the internship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A great place to work, a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in, could be a lengthy process to get a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unnecessary bureaucracy should be avoided. Transparency of recruitment is necessary.

  8.  

    Overall experience in the United Nations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Country Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fulfilling. Given a world perspective for the public and private sector. Respectful.

    Cons

    Balancing the differences between the United Nations, the Public Sector and the Private Sector partners is an ongoing challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay open minded and accommodate other mindset on the basis of win-win.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    security officer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - United Nations Security and Safety Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - United Nations Security and Safety Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, job security, balanced work-life

    Cons

    job can be boring time to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    International professional staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Statistician in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - You can be involved in interesting substantive and normative research.
    - Internationally recruited staff are given a level of autonomy that allows them some flexibility regarding the type of work they do.
    - You have the opportunity to work directly with national Governments on capacity development initiatives.
    - The recruitment for entry level jobs is done through a competitive process, which means everyone who takes the exam has the same opportunity (regardless of networks).
    - Good work life balance and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    - There is quite a bit of paper work involved in all jobs in the organization.
    - The UN regular budget is virtually all for human resources with very little budget for other development activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of framework for managing career development and mobility. The organization has recognized this and is working to make improvements, but currently this is an area that is under-developed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Mission, Awful Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Team Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The benefits of the job are nonpareil in the USA, and the overall mission of the organization is of utmost importance.

    Cons

    The organization can often be best summed up as "the best bureaucracy that the third world can afford to pay for."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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