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OSCE Reviews

Updated Mar 18, 2019

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OSCE CEO Ivica Dačić
Ivica Dačić
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good Salary and strict working hours (essentially no overtime)(in 9 reviews)

  • "The work is interesting - you are on the front line in an active conflict(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "The OSCE is a non-career organization(in 5 reviews)

  • "No pension or family benefits for seconded staff working in field operations(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Long Term Election Observer"

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    Current Employee - Long Term Observer 
    Recommends

    I have been working at OSCE

    Pros

    Fascinating work, colleagues, day to day work

    Cons

    Difficult conditions in countryside, long hours

    OSCE2015-06-17
  2. "OSCE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at OSCE full-time

    Pros

    interesting, challenging, good pay, growth potential

    Cons

    no job security no job stability limited years of service

    OSCE2018-04-10
  3. Helpful (5)

    "OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OSCE

    Pros

    For those who work in the east, you are really along the front line. The situation is quite similar to a UN military observer mission. There is a decent amount of leave. Board and lodging allowance [BLA] is comparable to UN mission subsistence allowance [MSA]

    Cons

    Most people are on seconded contracts, so their overall salary and benefits depend greatly on their national governments. Some countries pay nothing but the BLA is much more than the average salary at home and the BLA goes a long way for them. Some countries pay the equivalent to what a civil servant, diplomat or police officer would make. Indeed, they may be seconding such people. Others, like Canada, pay a small...

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    Advice to Management

    Fix the problems with drivers: either don't hire people without C licenses or hire professional drivers. Stop with the "femi-stalinism". If women are able and willing to actually go to the frontline and patrol, that is great and they should be encouraged. If they prefer to work in something safer and more comfortable like reporting [as 90% do] , that is OK also and worthy of respect. But given that they are given...

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    OSCE2018-03-16
  4. Helpful (1)

    "OSCE SMM"

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

    I have been working at OSCE full-time for 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.

    OSCE2017-04-03
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Deputy Head of Mission"

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    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.

    OSCE2015-04-10
  6. "OK, especially if you're working in the field."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at OSCE

      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.

      OSCE2015-02-10
    • "Amazing experience"

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      Former Employee - Research Fellow 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at OSCE full-time for 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

      OSCE2014-03-05
    • Helpful (7)

      "Negative"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at OSCE full-time for 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

      OSCE2013-12-05
    • "An organization struggling to redefine its relevance"

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      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

      OSCE2013-08-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good resources for work"

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      Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Baku
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at OSCE full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Stable career, good environment, respected.

      Cons

      You can't jump from gs grade to npo, salary is by 20% less than UN

      OSCE2019-03-18
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