United Nations

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United Nations Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.8 246 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

(136 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I've found that the time can generally be worked into a good work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Highly educated people from all around the world working together for a good cause (in 12 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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    Internship experience

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery international experience, relaxed working style, interesting work responsibilities

    ConsAlmost impossible to stay after the internship, very bureaucratic

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Marketing Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMulti culture environment, people speak different languages

    Conscannot stay longer as an employee

    Advice to Senior Managementshould pay for intern!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great to work there. Actually, from UN, you can learn a lot about international economic and political issues.

    Economic Affairs Officer (Former Employee)

    Pros1. a good environment to broaden your horizon.
    2. colleagues are quite friendly, and willing to teach you with their own time.
    3. you won't get lots of chance to work overtime. lol~

    Cons1. I was doing a no-paid internship. no compensation, no benefits.
    2. It's hard to get in as a junior officer. According to their policy, you can enter UN by either taking NEC exam, or applying to YPP. In order words, collect more work experience then apply, you will get a better chance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf there is some compensation for intern, it will be great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    overall a okay experience - something to add on resume

    Intern (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgood networking experience, very good work-life balance since the months in the summer are really slow

    Consit is unpaid but full-time

    Advice to Senior Managementbad management - should have a more organized and unified way of doing things

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits and working environment. Fosters learning and collaboration. Not easy to advance careerwise.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe UN has amazing benefits: paid vacation, great health insurance. Flexibility and telecommuting are also starting to be put in practice. The UN encourages staff to keep learning (languages, skills) and makes it easy and many times free.

    ConsSome offices are really understaffed so there can be long hours (without paid overtime). It is very difficult for General Services staff to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be a program to send staff on short (1 to 3 months) field missions more easily. This would give everyone invaluable experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Department of Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHumanitarian agency; good benefits for full-time employees.

    ConsLarge organization with low efficiency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible experience, extreme management, lot of stress

    Arabic Translator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLiving in New York and working with good individuals from all round the globe

    ConsNo promotion, bias, favouritism, corruption

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure proper selection and training of candidates for managerial positions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great, the work is heavy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery nice workplace, friendly people

    Consunorganized depending on your department.

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    Intergovernmental bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- good pay and benefits
    - no real bottom line
    - international perspective
    - highly skilled staff

    Cons- conservative
    - inefficient
    - not as impactful as should be

    Advice to Senior Management- learn from corporations on time and strategic management or risk being obsolete

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    Employees lacking Intrinsic motivation!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvast array of locations worldwide

    Consactual motivation of individuals to make a difference seems to dwindle the longer people are employed. Major motivation for employment becomes based on salary and benefits rather than intrinsic motivation.

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