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UNDP Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance was not great" (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "UNDP"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources & Learning Associate
    Current Employee - Human Resources & Learning Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UNDP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International working environment
    Excellent benefits and Administration
     Working on core development issues

    Cons

    Very competitive so difficult to move quickly in your career and developed
    Too many precarious contracts


  2. "Operations Manager"

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

    I worked at UNDP (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good salary and benefits, no taxes.

    Cons

    extremely hard to move up, especially in a era where restructuring is common. constant insecurity of career and no incentive. you are rewarded with more work instead. interviewing for other positions is almost a shot in the dark since most of the time there is a candidate already chosen and you might just be going through a formality for the sake of 'competition'
    contracts are 1 year or less even for full time appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees concerns and job security first, and political concerns last

  3. "Project Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, insurance, and flexibility

    Cons

    Bad work environment, lousy teamwork


  4. "Interesting work, bureaucracy is frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The work is interesting, get to work with a lot of amazing colleagues, get to be part of an organization with an important mission.

    Cons

    Overstretched staff, no budget, no respect or appreciation for staff, no career growth, heavy bureaucracy.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    It's mission is meaningful(eradicating poverty).

    Cons

    Huge disparities in terms of benefits, salaries and recognition of work among national and international staff. This needs to change across all UN agencies.


  6. "Great organization with clear priorities"

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

    I worked at UNDP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UNDP is committed to improving the livelihoods of marginalized communities, and the staff truly lives by this goal. The projects adopt integrated approaches to sustainability and there is real potential to influence public policy.
    The work environment is great: highly motivated staff, challenging tasks, friendly atmosphere and a lot of like-minded people working to improve the world!

    Cons

    It can get pretty hectic and stressful at times. Work-life balance was not great.


  7. "Interview question"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Hard to understand everyone because of language barier

  8. "Career progrrss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNDP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, work and life balance.

    Cons

    Static career, no promotion, and when you are no longer needed, you get fired.


  9. "UNDP"

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    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNDP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and good feeling to work for such an organization

    Cons

    Bias against internal staff within Management

    Advice to Management

    Consider internal recruitments


  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work and organization; dynamic team

    Cons

    UNDP is going through a restructuring so people are unsure of their jobs and where they will be located.