United Nations Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. Good experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, great access to important international development agendas, many learning and networking opportunities

    Cons

    No pay or compensation for full-time work for 3-6 months.


  2. accounting

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance . Great benefits

    Cons

    Low salaries ... low motivation. Not transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair.


  3. Intern

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

    I worked at United Nations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learn a lot about United Nations, how it works, meet a lot of high-level people

    Cons

    I do not think it is the best first job choice.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    UN OIOS Audit Division

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice colleagues and supportive Management Team

    Cons

    P4-level positions are hard to get as there are not many positions available in the org structure


  6. consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    A lot of really smart and interesting colleagues. Interesting projectss

    Cons

    They take advantage of their consultants. Administration is a nightmare


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place depending on your level

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to work with good health insurance benefits. It is a very international setting with people all over the world working in the same place. I am happy to go to work every day and make my contribution to the world. If you have a great supervisor, then you are very lucky and also you can keep your spirits high even though your salary may not be that high.

    Cons

    Do not set your expectations too high as you will not be getting huge promotions or bonuses. Depending on your level, you are majorly underpaid or paid accordingly. There are 2 levels in the system: G and P. The system of levels is similar to hospitals where nurses are never doctors and you will never get the same benefits and recognition.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the G and P categories


  8. Internship with Department of Public Information

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

    I worked at United Nations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working condition in an international environment; Opportunities of meeting various people every day; Opportunities of attending international meetings organized by UN; A great experience if you want to have an idea of what is the work at UN like.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is not that challenging and there are very few full time opportunites


  9. Helpful (2)

    Inept management and horrendous career development

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

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

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

    Pros

    Most diverse workforce you will find anywhere; benefits; free language classes

    Cons

    This is probably the best place to work if you're generally unskilled and looking to stay and work in the US at US levels of pay. If you are actively looking to advance in your career and you are skilled, don't apply here because you will be stuck and unappreciated. The rules and procedures are too complex for staff to understand. Work processes are rote and unchangeable, thus innovation is almost impossible. Resources, such as IT equipment and software, are ancient. The biggest con is that senior managers are paid exorbitant amounts of money to do, in most cases, less work than their support staff do who are getting paid less than half as much, and even less. There are no true leaders here, no one that engenders inspiration.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage better--learn management principles and techniques, have a need to improve. Listen to staff concerns and actually take action. Allow 360 evaluations. Draft sound policies and follow them. Keep on pressure with Member States to take the right action with regard to staff needs. Keep better relations with staff unions.


  10. Security Officer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Security Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow.

    Cons

    Employment based on contract renewal and expiration


  11. Director (Director-General, or CEO)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The United Nations is one of the most significant mission-driven organizations. Name recognition is phenominal. The opportunity to grow within the organization is excellent. Salaries are on par or better than many organizations. International travel possible, language training offered for free. Ability to influence change, depending on the position and level - extraordinary. Jobs world-wide, travel often possible. Women have a better chance now than ever for senior positions,

    Cons

    Large and bureaucratic organization, dependent on 193 countries to agree on change, funding and sustainable employment. Downsizing, with awkward transitions and an opaque process for change. Much built-in deadwood to work around. Country of origin often a preference in selection of candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Build in more opportunity for innovation and creativity. Provide incentives for same. Strongly recommend a complete John Deming-style review of all existing administrative procedures, rules and regulations, with a view to eliminating the bureaucratic, redundant and costly.



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