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Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Long Term Election Observer"

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    Current Employee - Long Term Observer
    Current Employee - Long Term Observer
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fascinating work, colleagues, day to day work

    Cons

    Difficult conditions in countryside, long hours


  2. "OSCE SMM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low pressure job, great salary for the amount of work performed, interesting subject matter (initially), insanely generous vacation time and travel opportunities. A great job for a retired type seeking a sinecure or a PhD student looking to complete a thesis on the dole

    Cons

    A stifling bureaucracy that frowns upon ambition and colleagues that are mostly a combination of dull, weird, and shiftless who are seeking to do the least work possible while collecting a decent check. This likely appeals to a number of people.

    Advice to Management

    Identify internal talent and deploy it...however, I understand the political contours and international mandate largely prohibits this.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Deputy Head of Mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    Compelling work on human rights, effective government, and other factors that contribute to human security. Great multicultural mix of colleagues.

    Cons

    No long-term opportunities because of 10 year term limit. No pension or family benefits for seconded staff working in field operations.

    Advice to Management

    Regularizing your human resource base, perhaps extending term limit to 20 years would enable OSCE to maximize the productivity of its most capable staff, who under the current structure are forced to leave the organization at the peak of their effectiveness.


  4. "OK, especially if you're working in the field."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good salary and benefits (and if you're located in a developing country, then these seem even better).

    Cons

    It's too big a bureaucracy.


  5. "Amazing experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at OSCE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating environment, cross-cultural, lively discussions and debates, unique culture, making a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and confidentiality can be an issue at times


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Negative"

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

    I worked at OSCE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office location, young team

    Cons

    No clear job responsibilities, overly bureaucratic and ineffective in result, no training provided

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire your own friends


  7. "An organization struggling to redefine its relevance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    tax-free salaries, location of the headquarters (Secretariat) in one of the world's most beautiful and comfortable cities, 6 weeks of vacation annually

    Cons

    diminishing benefits, probable contraction (i.e. downsizing and redundancies), lack of vision from senior management, high turnover due to the non-career nature, which impairs continuity and institutional memory, infighting with the field offices and other locations, "consensus" decision making, which often leads to paralysis

  8. "na"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Current Employee - Communications in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OSCE (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, interesting work

    Cons

    None at this moment

    Advice to Management

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  9. "The OSCE is a great Organization for work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    A great International Organization to work for. Does a lot of good. You get a lot of responsibility and flexibility.

    Cons

    I only have positive things to say about the OSCE.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to add.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A very good international organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    Professional, open, good salaries and packages included, a place and people to learn from.

    Cons

    Sometimes too strict, in some countries do not pay for local employees' state benefits (pension fund/social security)


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