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IOM Reviews

Updated December 24, 2016
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Pros
  • More dynamic than most other UN agencies (in 3 reviews)

  • Great working environment, diverse culture (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Differences in benefits and conditions for international staff / local staff (in 3 reviews)

  • Archaic bureaucracy, poor treatment of national staff, preference to older staff and retirees, male-led senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer"

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

    I worked at IOM full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, co-workers - culture is great, room for growth and really learn, if you find the right mentors.

    Cons

    Based on funding, difficult to switch to permanent employee

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Software QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Control Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Control Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IOM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, diverse culture. Work life balance

    Cons

    Salary not competitive, technology, tools will not be updated


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Working at IOM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International travel, diverse work environment

    Cons

    Archaic bureaucracy, poor treatment of national staff, preference to older staff and retirees, male-led senior management.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best months of my life.

    Cons

    Small pantry, slow employee advancement


  6. "Great Company very rewarding work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very Rewarding working with clients and Good salary

    Cons

    Senior Management were very clicky, didn't give staff the opportunity to move up unless you were part of the 'incrowd'


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I worked as an intern for IOM for a few months. I had some really great opportunities and learned a lot."

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    Pros

    I think IOM does a lot of good and has opportunities to work in countries that are closed to other western international organizations.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to break into a permanent position with IOM because their work is project based. If you happen to be lucky enough to get put on a funded project, then there's room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    I would have liked if my supervisors could have at least provided some contacts for future networking after finishing my internship. I didn't get much help from them after I left.


  8. "Accounts Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Love it in there! One of the best companies i've been part of.

    Cons

    No bonus, all are under contract


  9. "Good Career prospects"

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

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

    Pros

    Career growth and affiliated to the United Nations. Moving from one Mission to another is a real possibility.

    Cons

    The organization depending on the country office can be resistance to change.

    Advice to Management

    Provide staff with more capacity building opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Entrepreneurial spirit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at IOM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth and initiative - especially in the field. More dynamic than most other UN agencies.
    Young colleagues, good spirit and dynamism

    Cons

    Very poor HR management and funding varies depending on donors, not only poor job stability but also difficult to retain talent

    Advice to Management

    Fix your HR system and invest more in growing the potential of your current employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "IOM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IOM full-time

    Pros

    Good start for your professional career
    Acquiring of multi-faceted range of work-related skills

    Cons

    Micromanagement during project implementation
    Local Staff is painstakingly ignored as to career advancement and slim chance of grade increase
    Management's misuse of authority, when talking decisions, which in the end benefits only their own agenda
    Overtime work is paid only if done on Sunday or on holidays

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your staff with respect and consideration. All should be given the chance to be promoted and move up the career ladder.



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