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Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Team Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IAEA full-time

    Pros

    UN facility in Vienna is fantastic. The multi-cultural environment is a great opportunity to learn about how to work with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult to get in the door. Try to meet other English speakers in Vienna who work in the IAEA first so that you can get connected.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the Plateau 3 and AIPS problems so that the Admin sections (specifically Human Resources) can do their jobs with less stress.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Really important organisation"

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    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends

    I worked at IAEA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great United Nations Organization dealing with real world peace through the nuclear watchdog function.

    Cons

    I wonderful place to work. No untoward negatives.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A comfortable place if you're lucky"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IAEA full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment
    Lots of vacation time
    Lots of perks - tax-free income, commissary access, cheap bar at work!
    Frequent opportunities to interact with senior officials from Member States

    Cons

    Often disorganized and painfully bureaucratic
    Management is often lacking
    Little to no opportunities for career advancement
    Office politics can be challenging to navigate


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist, p4"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IAEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting job, high salary, good social package, tax free, pension, multi-national environment, flexible working hours,

    Cons

    7years contract limit, strong burocracy


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay and benefits, but . . ."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vienna (Austria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IAEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    UN salary & benefits
    Some interesting scientific projects
    Great location: Vienna regularly rated as offering best quality of life of all major cities

    Cons

    Weak, out-of-touch senior management offering no leadership
    Disorganized, old-fashioned administration
    Arrogant, unpleasant scientific staff
    Badly-deployed, demotivated support staff
    Corrupt and nepotistical hiring practices which Donor missions do nothing to discourage, as they and their friends are often the beneficiaries
    Rotation policy means that only the favored few can stay more than 7 years, so good professional staff (and institutional knowledge) are lost while well-connected incompetents dig themselves in


  6. Helpful (1)

    "If you have any self-respect - stay away"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Head of Division in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Deputy Head of Division in Vienna (Austria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IAEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vienna is a very nice city if you speak good German. Good canteen.

    Cons

    Very low effort / low engagement staff. Lazy atmosphere. Arrogant. Incompetent.

    If you are a professional with a work ethic you will be quickly be demoralised. I had to leave as I felt shame taking money from the taxpayers of poor countries and giving nothing back. Most people don't give a damn. Me, Me, Me. Nobody will care if you have an idea to improve the place.

    So many amateurs but the drunken monkeys of HR would have to be the worse. Basic decisions and processes that take hours or days in commercial enterprises take 6 months, 12 months, or are kicked down the road indefinitely. Always, always blame someone else. Never stand up and be accountable.

    The entire organisation needs a cultural re-think. Hire high level performers from commercial entities where there is a performance-culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take your money and leave. You aren't even capable to find successors. Take 80% of the losers with you. Your future will be on welfare or as janitor in some 3rd rate Alabama college.


  7. "Very good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many responsibilities from Day 1. Good pay and a sense of contribution to the world through the values and projects the IAEA stands for

    Cons

    Big, bureaucratic. Not necessarily a bad thing.
    Hard to get a fix position after placement

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. All good. Get more donors and more budget to help countries even more!

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Excellent organisation, sometimes hamstrung by poor management and processes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IAEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worthwhile and effective organisation, full of hard-working and committed people who truly support the mission of "Atoms for Peace".

    Many opportunities to work on exciting and important projects.

    Excellent perks for staff (tax free salary, generous leave, education grant etc.)

    VIC provides a pleasant work environment. Lots of social activities. Effective and active Staff Council.

    Good IT equipment.

    Cons

    Typical UN problems with inefficient procurement and HR. New ERP has not helped.

    Some organisational units are run by managers as personal fiefdoms. Lot of dead wood in parts of the organisation. Too many ineffective or incompetent managers who got their jobs by being around long enough/having the right friends and not because of managerial skills or experience.

    Advancement for younger and mid-level staff very difficult, regardless of ability. Rotation policy damages the organisation, reduces staff morale, seems to be applied capriciously and without respect for programme needs or staff contributions.

    Long hours and travel for some staff, capable people often get assigned high workloads.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the skills and experience of management. Provide career development opportunities for younger and mid-level staff including paths into management. Trim some of the dead wood. Introduce performance-based progression.

    Curtail or scrap the pathological rotation policy, it quite simply damages the organisation and alienates staff.

    Fix HR so hiring does not take 9 months, and poor performers can be fired instead of parking them somewhere until their contracts end.

    Pay attention to staff welfare and appropriate workloads - lot of staff suffering with too much work but endure it because of their commitment to the IAEA.


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IAEA is a wonderful place with Wonderful environment,innovative

    Cons

    its contract based so if you are looking for permanent job it's not right


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Depends on individuals experience"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna (Austria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IAEA (More than a year)

    Pros

    high salary and other extras, working hour nine to five for most, international work environment

    Cons

    very limited job perspectives or development opportunities. depends a lot on section, unit and supervisor's 'liking' and other issues

    Advice to Management

    Look at your people as people, not as exchangeable parts that can be changed once they are worn off. Give them some aspiration and opportunities to thrive develop.


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