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The UN Refugee Agency Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Working for a great cause, very rewarding in that way (in 8 reviews)

  • friendly people, good cause, good pay (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There was a huge push to get donors (in 4 reviews)

  • The hardest thing to accept is rejection (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Former Frontliner for the USA for UNHCR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great way to meet passionate people, good work experience because it is a hard job.

    Cons

    long ours, lots of rejection from potential donors

    Advice to Management

    nothing really. keep up the good work!


  2. "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The UN Refugee Agency part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are getting paid while helping so many people

    Cons

    There was a huge push to get donors. It was unclear what percentage of the donation was actually going to aid and how much was lost to administration. It really felt much more like salesman job than I was comfortable with.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear in the job description while recruiting.

  3. "USA for UNHCR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They're definitely trying to build out a better digital organizing presence. And everyone working here is great!

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and poorly organized to be nimble in the digital space but trying. A lot of fluctuation with staffing.


  4. "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Salary is great; Networking is amazing; You interact with people from all over the world. I enjoyed the job.

    Cons

    The schedule is difficult to keep up with. Besides this, everything else was good if not great. Also the management is sometimes difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. This was already resolved with the prior mangers not still being employed by this agency. Always remember that the employees make the business great.


  5. "Excellent Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UN Refugee Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful mission, CEO has a strong vision for the organization , great opportunities for growth, some great senior staff

    Cons

    Offices are dated and not conducive for project work

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring great administrators to allow managers to focus more on business and less on finance.


  6. "UN-DC"

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    helping people around the world

    Cons

    money goes to top, stressful work


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely difficult work"

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    Former Employee - FACE to FACE FUNDRAISER in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - FACE to FACE FUNDRAISER in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The UN Refugee Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the office were sweet.

    Cons

    Standing on the street all day with people blowing second hand cigarette smoke in your face. Asking people for donations makes you feel homeless or like a beggar. People ignore you and keep walking 90% of the time. The 10% that stop wind up saying no. And if you don't meet your goals, you get fired. It's exhausting standing in the sun all day begging people to donate money. Unrealistic approach.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a table and sell goods to raise money instead.

  8. "Different Needs-Equal Opportunities for the PoC"

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits. A good learning for integrated age gender diversity.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic difficult to maintain work and life balance if a person is posted in a non-family duty station.


  9. "Difficult Job, Must be Passionate"

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    Former Employee - Face-to-Face Fundraiser
    Former Employee - Face-to-Face Fundraiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees were passionate about what they did.

    Cons

    Street and door-to-door fundraising can be difficult and not the most effective way to raise money.

    Advice to Management

    Needed better training and management.


  10. "2/10 Would Not Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reimbursement for expenses incurred while on the job, for example gas mileage, parking.
    Frequently briefed on events happening around the world.

    Cons

    Poor training -- I was being "trained" by managers who were still being trained to be managers. Arbitrary rules such as not wearing sunglasses in the hot Miami sun, not jaywalking, not chewing gum, not discussing politics in public. NO job security. It's impossible to control whether people can afford or are willing to give to you. The general public is also very rude! Especially in a city as diverse as Miami where many people are immigrants themselves, convincing people to donate to poor people in foreign countries was not easy (because hello, Miami is full of poverty).

    High turnover rate. I was told that only 25% of hires make it past the "trial period." Also, very little transparency on where the donated money actually goes. From observing how trainees were often flown in and provided with lodging at the company's expense made you question whether the company was being cost-efficient with the money that was supposed to be going overseas to starving refugees.


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