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International Trade Centre Reviews

Updated October 20, 2016
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  1. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Challenging projects
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    Shorter contracts but opportunities are there for the right people


  2. "Former worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at International Trade Centre full-time

    Pros

    Good location, strong cooperation with UN, WTO.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow, bad management, lack of stimulation.


  3. "Consultant International Trade Centre"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good projects, good salary, United nations

    Cons

    Very political, short term contracts, lack of recognition


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    "From an intern perspective"

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    Current Employee - Interns in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Interns in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Trade Centre (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, some managers are supportive, healthy hierarchy, people are generally open to answer questions, many like-minded and resourceful individuals to have fruitful conversation with, multi-cultural settings, travel possibility (but not for interns).

    Cons

    ITC don't pay interns, some managers can be really stuck up, very clear divides between interns/ consultant/ staff in social engagements, ridiculous accounting system, ridiculous staffing system (consultants must ask to prolong their contract once every 3 or 6 months, interns can only know of they chance to get hired at the very last minute of their internship, the competency gap between interns are wide, non-transparent job advertisement), many consultants and staffs must stay longer than office hour.

    Advice to Management

    Better staffing policy is needed, and pay your interns!


  6. "Good experience"

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

    Pros

    Good work experience, overall
    Very good atmosphere
    Open-mindedness
    Extremely interesting projects

    Cons

    No compensation for interns
    Little full-time employment opportunity at the end of the internship


  7. "Working here"

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

    Pros

    Diversity of international working place.
    Good benefits, interesting work and mandate^. Flexible working.
    More dynamic than other UN agencies

    Cons

    Although less bureaucratic still too much!
    Some managers not very good at managing people although technically good.

    Advice to Management

    More people management skills amongst leaders and managers needed.
    Cut out the red tape!


  8. "Interesting projects"

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

    I worked at International Trade Centre full-time

    Pros

    - International working environment
    - Meaningful work: It is possible to see the real results on the field
    - Interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    - Some consultants find it difficult to find more permanent contracts at ITC
    - Office politics
    - At times a lot of travel required for projects

    Advice to Management

    - Enhance communication between sections
    - Emphasize the importance of results based management results in order to incentivise staff to work more effectively toward the agreed objectives.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Database Developer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Database Developer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Provision to learn new technologies and self development

    Cons

    Long working hours hence finding a work life balance may be hard


  10. "Interesting job with travel - forced to deal with incompetent managers that won't leave the UN system"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at International Trade Centre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the job is interesting, enriches your knowledge about trade and the world economy, gives you the chance to become familiar with other cultures, you get to travel even at a level quite junior

    Cons

    Management sometimes completely incompetent and wouldnt survive one day in the private sector if taken out of the cozy UN world, very bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    reward good performance and not people who are politically connected


  11. "Was bad, crap management has made it impossible"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at International Trade Centre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful mandate, fascinating work to be done, incredible exposure to global issues.
    Lots of wonderful work to be done

    Cons

    Crap management, horrible organizational climate, awful funding situation

    Advice to Management

    Leave and allow new blood, who know how to manage, come in and rescue the organization.



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