United Nations Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Mission, Awful Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Team Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working 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

    The benefits of the job are nonpareil in the USA, and the overall mission of the organization is of utmost importance.

    Cons

    The organization can often be best summed up as "the best bureaucracy that the third world can afford to pay for."


  2. Helpful (1)

    Organizational disaster

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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 Management

    Early retirement for unproductive staff at P5 levels and above


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great Sometimes, Mostly OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    security officer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, job security, balanced work-life

    Cons

    job can be boring time to time


  6. Overall experience in the United Nations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Stay open minded and accommodate other mindset on the basis of win-win.


  7. International professional staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. When red tape gets in the way of good deeds

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Great and interesting company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Ambassador's Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  11. Fantastic organization and fun place to work at.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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