United Nations Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. great, the work is heavy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    very nice workplace, friendly people

    Cons

    unorganized depending on your department.

  2. 2 people found this helpful

    sounds cool

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    Former Intern - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    sounds cool~not big deal sometimes~many medicore colleagus

    Cons

    no incentive~need more motivation~just for volunteer~need more promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give incentive

  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Good work/life balance and expatriate benefits

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Leave policy is generous including annual leave of 30 days per year. Maternity and paternity policies that are very good compared to most US employers. Expatriate benefits, especially education grant is good though unlike private companies the employee has to pay a minimum of 25%.

    Cons

    Not dynamic. Job can get routine and the administrative support is bloated. Limited career mobility means that one can get stuck after one or 2 promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the underperformers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Keeping abreast of everything that happens in the UN, makes you feel more connected to the important things going on in the world. Working with a diverse staff and enjoying the events that take place here. Great benefits and learning experience comes with any job here.

    Cons

    Processes can be slow sometimes and make getting your job done a bit difficult when having to work with other offices. Can be difficult to advance.

  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Bureacracy

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Important work is being done; working hours; benefits for certain category of staff

    Cons

    If hired as a local hire, cannot apply for international professional jobs for at least 5 years (become elligible after passing an exam); some people just don't care about work; transparency on paper frequently leades to lack of it in reality (many vacancy announcements are put out there with a candidate in mind).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the policy prohibitting ambitious GS staff application for professional jobs; stop 'transparency' rules and regulations requiring hiring managers to post vacancy announcements when they already know who they want to hire.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great mandate and reputation. Multi-cultural environment. Great compensation and benefits for staff members (depending on the type of contract) .

    Cons

    Lack of governance, and broken hierarchical structure in some departments result in unclear objectives and inefficiency. Fixed Term or permanent positions are hard to obtain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Unique place to work

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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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An amazing way to meet people from all parts of the world, with the occasional celebrity sighting (depending on where you work within the UN system). You can learn (or have to learn) great negotiating skills here, whether or not you take one of the excellent free courses that are offered (and I recommend that you do take them, schedule permitting, including languages). Skills-training is encouraged. Opportunity to go on mission to various parts of the world is available, though you may wish to choose carefully where you go. Much more time off than the typical American workplace, though the work often dictates when you can take it. I've found that the time can generally be worked into a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to fend completely for yourself in learning new skills or the ways of the Organization. People can be "too busy" to help answer a question. But it depends on where you land and who your colleagues are. Most are willing to help or steer you in the right direction. It's a vast organization and there is a lot to learn about it. Job opportunities are scarce and not sure they're opening up soon, unfortunately. You can get stuck at one level for a long time, financially, as well. Depends what's available in the system. You are lucky, though, if you do get a job here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Advisor

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Training on site and the policy

    Cons

    The System very difficult to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    being more transparent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Basic Job. Not very exciting

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    Current Intern - Department of Public Information Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Department of Public Information Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I got to see the mystery around the UN. I saw some interesting public figures, especially during the GA

    Cons

    My colleagues were not as inspiring as I expected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Be a part of something big

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    going to work everyday means something. there is always a motivation to get things done well

    Cons

    stiff, outdated processes and habits, poor talent management and career management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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