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  1. Helpful (3)

    It was a rewarding experience in a multicultural environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The fellowship gave me exposure to international environment and it was well-paid contract. It was initially 3 month contract and ended up extending to 9 months. I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    I didn't think that my supervisor qualified for what she is doing. It seems she got her position by connection. I don't know if it a general problem at WIPO; it is just my experience. The fellowship, although a great opportunity, didn't give me any stability whatsoever as I was given notice of extension only 3 weeks prior to the expiration of my contract. Nerve-wracking, I know!! Also, a recent policy forbid temporary employees from applying to the organization posts. Most positions do have short application's period. Not only I cannot apply to any position while working there, I should observe 2 months after the end of my contract before I can apply to anything.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the work environment. The weird thing is how come unqualified people get hired and continue working at WIPO despite the fact that given its nature, it must receive thousands of applicants, hundreds of which are overqualified to any position.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Legal Officer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    International work environment, great benefits, good salary, great work life balance, good business outlook because WIPO has a monopoly over PCT filings and patent applications (and the need for international protection) will only increase

    Cons

    WIPO is just totally mismanaged. Coming from the private sector, I was shocked that there are so many people in managing positions who lack any competence and social or leading skills. The atmosphere was bad because it seemed that the top management only focused on stabbing each other's back. WIPO almost always hires people with connections but zero skills. WIPO has some serious problems with nepotism, corruption and inefficiencies. All this makes WIPO a disastrous work environment for young, ambitious and talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Member States (especially the US, Germany, France etc) should ensure that transparency, efficiency and merits principles apply. WIPO could be a dream place to work. It deals with IP which many people (including myself) are passionate about. There are tons of highly qualified people who would love to work for WIPO and would be able to create a great atmosphere from the inside. Hire people (including, and most importantly, top management) that is truly skilled and cares for the purpose. The UN will slowly loose all of its reputation the more people become aware what it really is. I left WIPO because I didn't find a dynamic environment, smart people, challenging projects.


  3. Helpful (2)

    WIPO: A Golden Cage

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great salary, compensation package is huge.

    Cons

    Many managers at WIPO should never even get close to a managerial position. The Senior Management Team is mostly fighting between each other. The organization is extremely political and promotions are almost impossible if you don't have your government behind you or if you don't have strong backup within the organization. It's like a gold cage: Financially very good but intellectually it is an insult to work for WIPO.

    Advice to Management

    Management is beyond repair. Advice to WIPO Member States: Select a Director-General and Deputy DGs who know how to manage this house. Select people who have social intelligence and know how to motivate others. Professionals who care.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Very bureaucratic organization, extremely political, poor leadership, inefficient work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - P2 in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - P2 in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, office, international work environment. In some divisions, you can travel a lot. Working at an international organization is certainly a good experience even if it may show you the bad sides of international organizations (and there are many). WIPO is great for people who are either very excited about political games and are less interested whether they deliver good products or for people who only care about a good salary and a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic, many directors don't have leadership skills at all, the work can be boring and not challenging at all. If you are looking for excellence, you can't find it at WIPO. True experts in their fields are rare. It is quite sad because WIPO could be so much more.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people from the private sector, train management, be less corrupt


  6. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at WIPO

    Pros

    Global Exposure,Work Place is fine as well with good infrastructure

    Cons

    Growth and Fairness in Promotions

    Advice to Management

    Fairness in Promotions and Employee Movement to other Operations within Wipro


  7. Great training, fair work distributions, room for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)

    I have been working at WIPO

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stability, international environment fairness, great employee benefits

    Cons

    promotions can be difficult to obtain if you are not pushed by the correct people


  8. Décevant Disappointing

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

    I worked at WIPO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Environnement multiculturel, salaires satisfaisants, aspects internationaux

    Multicultural environment, satisfying salaries, international aspect

    Cons

    Direction médiocre, charge de travail très importante, manque de professionnalisme

    Poor management, heavy workload, lack of professionalism

    Advice to Management

    Plus de transparence dans le procédé d’engagement afin d'assurer une meilleure qualité de résultats

    More trasparency in hiring process in order to assure quality of results



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