United Nations Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
269 Reviews
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269 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 17 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)

  • Unpaid internship in an extremely expensive city is not something one can keep doing for long (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience varies greatly depending on the department

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    Former Employee - Department of Public Information Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Department of Public Information Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain insight into the UN system and some of its operations

    Cons

    Lack of compensation and recognition for interns, a sense of dissatisfaction at some staff levels with the work environment and sub-optimal opportunities for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience on meaningful projects. Wonderful, smart co-workers from diverse backgrounds. Lunches, etc are all comped.

    Cons

    Unpaid. No room for advancement. No possibility to so much as apply to a job at the UN after leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY YOUR INTERNS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was intern at the United Sates for 3 months

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

    I have been working at United Nations as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Exiting environment, nice and friendly people

    Cons

    No more interaction with the different departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more value to interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing experience, bureaucracy at its peak

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    Former Employee - Programmer Budget Officer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer Budget Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    global exposure, interesting work. The world is for you to pick as they operate in almost every country. Great if you are looking to get involved in international development. But the work at NYC HQ is not field work, thus if international development is what you are expecting, get a duty station outside the HQ.

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, hard to recommend changes. Can be hard to get a promotion if you do not know the right people.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Experiences.

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    Current Employee - Protection Officer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Protection Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Going to everywhere.
    Witnessing the truth.
    Meeting a lot of people.

    Cons

    difficult 'Work/Life' balance.
    living in the other side of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life Changing Experience

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Passionate people working towards global process.
    Great diversity in the workplace.
    Many benefits and access to UN publication and grounds.

    Cons

    Many internships are unpaid, but hang on, you'll on the path to greatness!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Administration looks out for themselves only

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    Former Employee - Information Officer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    meet some amazing people from around the world; excitement of working in a multi cultural environment; real exposure to global events and impact while at the same time trying to do something about it

    Cons

    there is a culture of fear that trickles down from upper management - especially in the department of public information - management looks out for themselves only and cooperation is lacking; it appears that upper management holds onto permanent jobs at all costs - very machiavellian attitude

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    there should be so much more transparency; and get rid of the us vs them (management vs. employee) mentality and clear out dead wood - have seen people on permanent contracts that do absolutely nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    To many hands out for self serving Ambassadors

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    Current Employee - Good Will Ambassador At Large  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Good Will Ambassador At Large in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Helping others in need Food ,Housing, Medical, water, school.

    Cons

    To Many Ambassadors trying to line their own pockets first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope you get a smart President to lead our countries actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    intern

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

    I have been working at United Nations as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    multicultural workplace and not high pressure

    Cons

    boring, lack of morale, lack of young and ambitious young people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful group of people doing what they believe in to make a better world

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

    I worked at United Nations as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great intensity and comment to multiple causes.

    Cons

    A great deal of paperwork to be hired is to be expected. The logistics of a worldwide body is staggering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better data management for employees across multiple UN agencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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