World Economic Forum
3.5 of 5 24 reviews
www.weforum.org Geneva, Switzerland 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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    Join with a clear idea of what you want, otherwise you'll wake up in 5 years panicking what happened to your career.

    Associate Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDepending on the team you join, this can be an incredibly interesting and rewarding place to work. Comfortable and family friendly, and opportunities for development of soft skills. High level of autonomy and perks such as travel and exposure to high level executives mean that you get out of this organization what you put in.

    ConsDifficult to translate your work into the outside world, and high degree of ambiguity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a more rigorous approach to recognizing the talent that is producing real value for the company, as oppose to the talent that knows how to network and "sell themselves" internally by talking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Team Coordinator (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe type of work is not difficult. This is not rocket science. Travel, benefits package, and European style vacation allowance is a perk not seen in America. Get to work with some of the most educated and brilliant people in the WORLD.

    ConsThe work can be tedious and mundane. There is a lot of politics, low growth opportunities within the company for entry level positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for advancement of Coordinators to CM positions and pay them better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity when you have a plan

    Team Coordinator (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat platform and great opportunity to build contacts

    ConsOutdated and rigid processes add to inefficiency and stiffle the Forum from being as powerful as it could be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intersting company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTravel, meet interesting people, network

    ConsDull work, logistical and administrative

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place for having a relaxed life

    Project Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIts a great environment. People are chilled out minus the usual office politics. However dont expect to do any real work....unless running a talk shop is real work for u

    ConsThere is no link to real world impacts.

    You are more bothered about a CEO's hotel room than improving the state of the world

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet senior management who see it more than a retirement plan

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    Team Coordinator (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgreat travel perks, meet interesting people (co-workers & clients), great networking

    Consvery political. they value academic credentials more than output in the office.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An international organization aiming to be more influential.

    Team Coordinator (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInteraction with CEOs, Chairpersons and industry experts. Great benefits and vacation time.

    ConsSwiss culture can make for a cold working environment. At the team coordinator level, there is minimal room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs greater transparency in hiring practices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing exposure

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible access to bright, top level thinks internally and externally. Amazing travel opportunities.

    ConsBureaucratic, admin required on every level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A center of excellence, a career springboard of sorts, but an often dysfunctional and dispiriting organization

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Geneva (Switzerland)

    ProsGood brand name
    Good salary (top-of-the-range for foundations) and benefits
    You can build a great network
    A smart, young, and attractive staff

    ConsHowever intellectual your job appears on paper, you will spend a substantial proportion of your work day dealing with logistics, internal turf wars, and management's weather-vane-like approach to the organization's programs, strategy, and vision.
    Limited career path
    Top-down management makes the place feel like a fiefdom

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop reinventing the organization's structure and programs every 2-4 years. The Global leadership fellows program attracts talent, but is dispiriting for other employees, by creating an internal 'elite.' Either extend the perks of that program t the entire staff or get rid of the program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    What you see is not what you get

    Team Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Geneva (Switzerland)

    ProsThe brand looks good on the CV. Chance of meeting extremely talented, smart, inspiring people. Great office, good food, free coffee.

    ConsThings are not called for what they really are. Very hard to grow in the organization if in a junior position. It is easy to experience cynicism and indifference in spite of talking about leadership and mentorship all the time. Too much change for the sake of change which does not translate into value for the organization. Extremely political: it matters more who you know than what you do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should take better care of your human capital instead of having people coming and leaving so fast. You should be more honest about what you do i.e. event management. You should focus on few things to change and change them for real.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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