United Nations Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
255 Reviews

3.7
255 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 14 reviews)

  • Highly educated people from all around the world working together for a good cause (in 12 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)

  • At times, the decision making process is delayed due to long chain of command (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent pexperience for anyone very difficult to get in

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

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

    Pros

    Very interesting and rewarding work

    Cons

    Frustrating as changes are very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what has to be done and not what is politically correct

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's amazing internship.

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

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

    Pros

    The internship give me an amazing working experience.

    Cons

    The internship give me an amazing experience.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager

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

    I have been working at United Nations as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great exposure, interesting work, a lot of networking. Decent hours and not a lot of pressure, slow paced.

    Cons

    Low pay, a lot bureaucracy and paper work, inefficient, and sometimes very opaque departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Burocratic envorinment but huge soace for growth

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Internal Growth, you are part of a world project

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy across the board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Procurement Assistant

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    -Employer Name Recognition
    -Exposure to Global Operations
    -Diversified Staff

    Cons

    -G-Staff are WAY underpaid (while they do most of the critical work - at least in my department)
    -Benefits of P-Staff are way out of proportion compared with G-Staff.
    -Obsolete IT softwares.
    -Some (not all) vacancies are pre-determined despite job listing posting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Senior Management form their own clicks
    -Be aware with general staff members and their critical functions
    -Develop your leading and motivational skills (P4/P5/D1's)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits and pay

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great workplace and environment and work stability

    Cons

    Job advancement is subject to really competitive examinations. Advancement by seniority is slow and not guaranteed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment, not much work done.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, good working environment.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic red tape. Not much gets done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional dead end

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Until the most recent hiring freezes and cuts, a relatively stable job.

    Cons

    The organization is run as a giant patronage mill. There is no accountability, especially of management, whom are free to be abusive to staff and hire cronies without any risk of reprisal. These same managers often hire people of below average intelligence because they'll do what they're told and are just happy to have a job.

    If you went to graduate school, don't expect to use your education. Do expect any number of menial tasks. Oh, and if you dare suggest a better way to do things, such as how the rest of the world actually has done things within the past 20 years, you'll be shunned professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like royalty: hiring your friends and pretending that organization policies don't apply to you. Maybe consider the mission of the organization from time to time instead of your best interests?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    High pay

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The pay is fairly high for people who recently received their BA degrees, the starting salary is ca. $4,000 per month (G-3) excluding paid leave. Paid leave accrues at a rate of 2.5 days per month and can be cashed in (I cashed in my paid leave when I resigned).

    Cons

    Salary progression is quite difficult, raises barely keep up with cost of living (remember, Manhattan has the highest cost of living in the USA). In addition, there is not much transparency in the job application process (difficult to find HR contact information). If you want to make 100K per year after 5 years, you most likely won't have that opportunity with the UN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hiring process more transparent. Also, encourage students/recent grads to apply for professional ("P" category) positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Analyst

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work. OK Money. OK Benefits.

    Cons

    Too routine. Just the basic stuff all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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