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Updated November 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Very stimulating working environment, very interesting missions (in 32 reviews)

  • Great Benefits for employees; work-life balance well managed (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance, processes or accountability (in 8 reviews)

  • Lack of funding sources for hiring more full-time staff nor pay for interns (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at UNDP part-time

    Pros

    UNDP New York is full of talented and passionate employees

    Cons

    At times it feels like too much bureaucracy, which is typical for big organizations

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    growth, great pay, respect, training

    Cons

    lack of coordination between the upper management and lower management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Autonomy, but very political"

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

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Great autonomy to make decisions and steer the work.

    Cons

    Highly political environment--making friends and alliances is just as important as quality of work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff more carefully, and reduce subjectivity


  4. Helpful (2)

    "UNDP Review"

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

    I have been working at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Multicultural, global orgqanization
    Working for a cause
    Benefits
    Salary

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Little opportunity for growth
    Little training


  5. "Great people from all over the world"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefit structure. Friendly workmates and internal clients know what they are doing. Opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    No bonus policy so no matter how hard you work salary will not change much. Slow career progression difficult to get a promotion.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "UNDP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNDP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits, worthy mission, international travel

    Cons

    poor talent management, lack of clear cut mandate, lack of focus/discipline in objectives

    Advice to Management

    clearly define mandate and strategy and enforce more uniformly


  7. "Highly depend on team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - offers eye opening platform
    - looks great on CVs
    - lots of interesting people

    Cons

    - might not able to deep dive into one specific issue (due to the broad range of topics you need to take care of)

  8. "Project/Program Budget Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Diversity, exposure to enrich your experience both professionally and educationally

    Cons

    Difficult to move up to higher position

    Advice to Management

    Less top heavy


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The diversity of people and backgrounds was an amazing thing to experience. Made many friends from all over the world.

    Cons

    Many people are not staff, so there are no benefits such as language learning or health insurance.


  10. "Mission-driven organization"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are smart and kind here. Everyone delicate to contribute their professionals to the UN mission.

    Cons

    As the most prestigious organization, I hope they can value the contribution from their intern and pay them.


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