United Nations Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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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
  • Some loneliness, Less career growth opportunities, Very widely prevalent culture of color and creed (in 4 reviews)

  • little chance to full time transition (in 4 reviews)

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  1. DFS Intern

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

    Pros

    Exciting work environment (obviously), lots of opportunities to learn about arcane subjects

    Cons

    Little communication, interaction with others, or camaraderie. Could be more mentorship from permanent staff.

    Advice to Management

    Management was friendly and helpful.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A magical place with its faults

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is amazing. It really is a magical place. Once you enter the area you are in a little island, with its own Protocol.

    Cons

    It really takes years to see the results of what you have done. It is satisfying nevertheless but a slow process


  3. Nice

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    Current Employee - Data Analytics Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analytics Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My teammates are very friendly. There are a lot of interesting projects for you, only if you know what you want. You have the opportunity to know some global issues and broaden your view.

    Cons

    Intern is unpaid... words ... words ... words

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns


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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience and great office culture

    Cons

    Hared to get an opportunity at the Organization after the internship


  6. Staff Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good compensation, very professional atmosphere

    Cons

    hard to find a higher post


  7. International experience and exposure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cultural exposure, international experience, life-changing programs around the world

    Cons

    Slow pace, red-apes and highly political in nature

    Advice to Management

    Adopt and embrace private-sector work practices


  8. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, friendly people, exposure to international affairs

    Cons

    How substantial and challenging your work is depends on the supervisor/office you work with. There may not be a very systematic training.


  9. Intern

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to attend security council meetings and other high-level meetings Briefed senior UN staff on research

    Cons

    unpaid and limited opportunities for future employment


  10. Good place to be

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very international workforce and a lot of growth opportunity as they prefer to promote internally

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic. Your first 6 months will be spent learning rules and regulations

    Advice to Management

    Keeo doing good in the world


  11. Overall satisfying, but decisions tremendously driven by politics.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International atmosphere, good pay. Programs vary in nature and sophistication depending on field location.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in ranks. Can't feel effect on the ground unless you work with specialized agencies.



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