United Nations Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
272 Reviews
3.8
272 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    security officer

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
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    Organizational disaster

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great junior colleagues, often interesting and motivating work

    Cons

    Poor management, overly hierarchical and out of sate work practices, lack of oversight allows insecure managers to abuse their teams limiting what is actually achievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Early retirement for unproductive staff at P5 levels and above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Sometimes, Mostly OK

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

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

    Pros

    Large organization with a lot of opportunity to find something that you're good at.If you're incompetent or hate working, this is a great place for you since you'll most likely just get transferred from departments doing work to some place where you can just hide all day.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Also, they really need to review their tax policy because United States staff members get screwed. They pay a "Staff Assessment" which is then used by the organization to "pay" their portion of the taxes. Meanwhile, you still have to pay your portion. Then, if you, God forbid, get a refund, you have to give it back to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving exorbitant amounts of pay raises to Professional and higher category staff while threatening to reduce the salary of General Service staff members and then claiming that there isn't enough money in the budget to pay for paper towels in the bathrooms. It's disgraceful and embarrassing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Department of Public Information

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent teamwork atmosphere, encourages personal and professional growth, great work-life balance. The exposure to this organization was exceptional and the best I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    The only cons would be the congestion of NYC and commuting - depending on what commute you are used to/where you are living in the area. Most residences in northern NJ/NY advertise their proximity to Manhattan, but it is important to try to live as close to the Midtown/East Manhattan as possible if you are looking for a minimal commute (30 min/under)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    UN, a friendly and equal comapny

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice, trying to help you when you don't understand something. the work is a lot though, but you get off on time, and the job is very rewarding, you got to see a lot of famous politician and people.

    Cons

    very hard to get in. unpaid interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should pay interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    It is a life changing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department of Public Information in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Department of Public Information in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    working with people from all over the world. The people are very nice.

    Cons

    non-paid internship, but still worth it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Satisfying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations as an intern

    Pros

    - Exposure to different events occurring around the world
    - Understand how national interests play a part in the bargaining and negotiating period of policy implementation
    - Get to hear and meet notable people from around the world

    Cons

    - Implementation and change is slow as it is a multi-lateral corporation

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