United Nations Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. I did two different internships within 2 UN departments. EVERYONE I met at UN was so nice and warm.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    If you are an enrolled graduate student and just want to have some cool experience with UN, apply to the internships!
    Very easy to get.
    Great people, cool building. All kinds of interesting events going on.
    You may have chance to shake hands with SG (secretary general).

    Cons

    The internships are UNPAID.
    Never meet deadlines. Very slow tempo.
    If you don't have experience (like fresh graduate), it's very hard to get staff positions.
    The only way to do is to apply for YPP, but that's very competitive and long procedure.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work but top driven

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Political Affairs Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Political Affairs Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The work can be very interesting. The UN is valued by your counterparts.

    Cons

    Very top-driven, you lack autonomy. Appointments and promotions are often political

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A great place to intern and develop worldwide connections

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    individually facilitated projects + team collaboration. Opportunities to sit in important conferences. Real nice place to develop professional connections worldwide.

    Cons

    Typical non-profit environment. Not much of a learning vibe going on. Difficult to get in tough with people and/or get help

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  5. great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at United Nations

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great balance of family life and work. 30 vaccations days per year.no week end

    Cons

    too much mannagers, u must request your time off at least 6 month in advance

  6. Interesting if you are new to the whole environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Get to attend various meetings and understand more about the field

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic and might be difficult to get motivated

  7. intern at the u.n. headquarters

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    You get lots of hands on experience in international projects.
    Professional colleagues.
    Give interns responsibilities that makes you actually learn something.
    Meet people around the world.

    Cons

    All internships are unpaid and you have to wait for 6 months to apply for a new position.

  8. Work

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

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds and travel, and just great if you want to make a difference in the world or at least try to. Great health coverage.

    Cons

    Depending on how long you have been there, but it can often be difficult to move up the ladder. The system is also very bureaucratic.

  9. intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Un Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Un Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    there is a great building with great food

    Cons

    there is a lot of politics and everything - not great

    Advice to Management

    horrible - please actually manage people and not scream

  10. Ok if you have a sponsor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Working with people from all over the world is the best part of working for the United Nations.

    Cons

    Very limited possibilities for growth and mobility within the organization especially if in the General Service category. You have virtually no chance of moving up. The system also has different rules for different people. Highly highly bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff more.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Translator / Interpreter, UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Interpreter/Translator in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Interpreter/Translator in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic experience. First-class professional skills challenge, not only for language but also for flexibility and diplomacy. The Conference draws an amazing array of some of the world's most interesting and influential people into high-level discussions on a fascinating range of subjects in a very charged official environment. The experience is singular, and especially when paid, an extremely validating one for a language professional.

    Cons

    The work is, alas, not always paid. The arrangements are seldom what they were slated to be, and things change in medias res from the start to the finish. Sessions can be very long, and the work can at times be rather tedious and very demanding. It is also often quite cold in the venues where one works.

    Advice to Management

    For the UN: Provide funding to DoCIP such that all language professionals can be paid UN-standard rates for rendering UN-standard services for a valid and important UN organism, and in so doing officially recognize the importance of WCIP proceedings (and other DoCIP events) as equal to that of any other UN policymaking event.
    For DoCIP: Continue doing wonderful work for indigenous peoples, striving always to improve logistically and inclusively, with the attention to cultural sensitivity and willingness to accommodate however possible you already demonstrate.

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