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United Nations Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
291 Reviews
3.8
291 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)

  • Travel and long hours worth of work (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to broaden the horizon and improve communication skills

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    Former Employee - Economic Affairs in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Economic Affairs in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    My supervisor has always been listening, caring and efficient. It was a great pleasure to have been here to follow the guidelines to finish the tasks while having sufficient freedom to develop and implement your ideas.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the organization, sometimes the work flow could be slow. But overall it still keeps its efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    When red tape gets in the way of good deeds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    it's all been said before...great if you can get

    Cons

    the red tape and diplomatic hoops to navigate can quickly drain you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great and interesting company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    Access to the United Nations language class
    UN pass
    Great team

    Cons

    Salary, Office space, No benefits included in your pay

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  5.  

    Ambassador's Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ambassador's Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Ambassador's Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to the world through travels and participation in both high-level and low-level gathering with delegates from all over the world.

    Cons

    This is a great organization to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fantastic organization and fun place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Bureucratic at times. But that should be part of an organization as big as the UN

  7.  

    not great internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    A good way to chill in NY enjoy the summer and do the tourist in this big city. You won't learn much from this internship though.

    Cons

    A good way to chill in NY enjoy the summer and do the tourist in this big city. You won't learn much from this internship though.

  8.  

    A bureaucratic 'old lady' which you would be attracted by its great name but then find yourself nowhere within the syste

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to witness a lot of important stuff done, make friends with other interns, and manage to survive in bureaucracy

    Cons

    Bureaucratic environment, internship completely irrelevant to future employment, free labor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internship experience

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very international experience, relaxed working style, interesting work responsibilities

    Cons

    Almost impossible to stay after the internship, very bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations as an intern

    Pros

    Multi culture environment, people speak different languages

    Cons

    cannot stay longer as an employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should pay for intern!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Economic Affairs Officer
    Former Employee - Economic Affairs Officer

    I worked at United Nations as an intern

    Pros

    1. 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~

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    If there is some compensation for intern, it will be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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