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The UN Refugee Agency Reviews

Updated October 23, 2018
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Pros
  • "It is a multicultural environment and you learn a lot from its humanitarian work" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Good work enviroment, team working, good salary" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes from refugees/IDPs themselves" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Great mission, poor leadership."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UN Refugee Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, good salaries for management, stocked kitchens with snacks

    Cons

    Poor management skills across the board, poor hiring practices, waste lots of money that should go to cause, toxic environment, rude staff

  3. "interpreter/translater"

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    Former Employee - Interpreter/Translator in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Interpreter/Translator in Malta, NY

    I worked at The UN Refugee Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been working for more than 3 years in field of translation/interpretation, serving the refugees in UNHCR operation in addis ababa, Ethiopia

    Cons

    restriction of working in one operation which is limiting the opportunities

    Advice to Management

    my advise is to use my experience in interpreting for all Arabic speakers


  4. "Typical Canvassing Job"

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

    Pros

    Learn about refugee issues, more professional than other canvassing organizations

    Cons

    Have to get three contributions per week

    Advice to Management

    Need more organized supervisors


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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!


  9. "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


  10. 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.