United Nations Reviews

Updated April 21, 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
  • 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. Public Information Officer

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    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Working on a range of fascinating, important international issues
    - Excellent benefits, including free language courses
    - Collaboration with talented colleagues from around the world

    Cons

    - A relatively rigid HR structure

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Contract/Procurement Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Contract/Procurement Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    multi-culture;travelling; good benefits and salary;stability;serve people in need;

    Cons

    bureaucracy;low efficiency;need to improve senior level leadership

  3. Consultant position at UN Secretariat HQ in NYC

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    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting international colleagues. Lots of young people who socialize together. The Delegates Lounge bar on Fridays is a fun scene. The pay is quite good for consultants as compared with what I'd make as a journalist. Depending on what you do at the UN you can really feel like you are making a difference and contributing to helping the world.

    Cons

    It's hard to get a full-on perm gig at the UN with all the benefits. They tend to hire a lot of consultants. The perm staffers are often lifers to fill quotas from certain member states and some of them treat the gig like a government job -- out the door at 5pm sharp. It's the consultants who do most of the work in some departments.

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  5. UNICTR Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    Great Experience! Very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - It is difficult to get much approved without going all the way up the hierarchy chain.

    Advice to Management

    Improve room for creative space

  6. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and great opportunity to work and help

    Cons

    Inaction towards bad behavior that warrants disciplinary action

  7. Statistician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Multi-cultural environment
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic
    Slow pace
    Lack of opportunity to take decisions (due to hierarchical structure of the organization)
    Difficult to progress beyond a certain level, where appointments become more political

  8. Working for the UN - Not always the dream job expected

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    Current Employee - Political Affairs Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Political Affairs Officer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - international working environment
    - excellent benefits
    - working on core international issues

    Cons

    - hierarchical
    - very competitive so difficult to move quickly in your career
    - too many precarious contracts
    - lack of good senior management

  9. Helpful (1)

    Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Highly competent co-workers, extremely friendly and diverse staff. Everyone was very willing to expose you to different areas of the office and the projects they are working on.

    Cons

    Work load and pace was slower than I would have liked, but summer is a slower time of year for the office.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular to share. The office was quite well run, there were no apparent cliques or arbitrary politicking within the office. Enjoyable place to work.

  10. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The mission of the agency is, in itself rewarding to work for. Their location is pretty good, their partners are various and interesting to work with. The leave is pretty good as it is in the UN system
    Honestly, that's all I can say that is positive

    Cons

    This organization is totally worthless. Their mission is very important unfortunately they spent time and money traveling and promote oneself at the management level.

    The purpose of mission and most of the programs are totally ignored unless there is a strong monetary interest.

    The current Director applies an authoritarian leadership with no room for ideas, growth or opinion. He is surrounded by incompetent staff who have been there for years and have never actually worked for the UN system outside of that office,

    There is no room for growth , and forget about asking for a raise!

    A very disappointing experience!

    Advice to Management

    Change your director, senior management staff and try to refocus your marketing and image on the actual people who need it the most! if you do this, more people will support you and knowledgeable and competent staff will join your team

  11. Mixed experience, depending substantially on location.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Involvement in important and exciting issues affecting governments people all around the world. Opportunities to make a difference in the lives of some disadvantaged and vulnerable people. High salaries and allowances. Postings away from Headquarters -- in developing countries -- usually more satisfying.

    Cons

    Stultifying bureaucracy. Management quality variable with sometimes extremely poor ethical standards. Headquarters ( New York ) more bureaucratic and frustrating. Financial constraints on program activities. Member states too often accept or engineer shabby compromises because they serves their political ends.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management standards by insisting on filling vacancies with middle managers of proven ability, not time servers or political appointees. Political appointees are unavoidable in senior posts, but top management should ensure they are effective before they are taken on.

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