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Updated February 20, 2018
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UNDP Administrator Helen Clark
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  • 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. "very good"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good atmosphere and team work

    Cons

    I barely found cons there

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. "Situation varies depending on where you're stationed at"

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

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    - good staff benefits (lots of holidays)
    - international & diverse group of staff

    Cons

    - Lots of politics in between teams and with other organizations working on similar projects.
    - Slow process

    Advice to Management

    Too much hierarchy in the system which makes the process slow and inefficient

  3. "Important work, but too much bureaucracy."

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

    Pros

    Travel opportunity, ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy makes it difficult to get the important work done.


  4. "HHD Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Team was actively invested in professional development and my inclusion as part of the team. Produced excellent quality work, and consistently committed to their mission of health equity.

    Cons

    like all UN internships, it was unpaid


  5. "Lots of potential, culture of mediocrity"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivated, capable, diverse colleagues; 50+ year history and global network

    Cons

    Stale image, poor internal culture - complacent, mediocre, non-collegiate

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a new leadership team and clear out deadwood, reduce top-heavy management structure, strengthen incentives for cross-agency collaboration


  6. "Good workplace, but not the best job"

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    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It's the UN! The staff is made up of dedicated professionals from all over the world. The mission and the work to eradicate poverty is laudable. There are some opportunities to learn and to work in other countries.

    Cons

    It's bureaucratic -- with good reason, it's an international organization that has to work with most of the countries on Earth, and that requires bureaucracy -- but it can be frustrating. Funding for UNDP has been going down and job security is not great.


  7. "Communications Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNDP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A very diverse, multicultural workforce. Strong support for innovation and new ways of working. Great opportunity to learn about new issues and new topics emerging in international relations. Very interesting missions overseas. A renewed focus on 'Leaving No One Behind' leading to new, exciting advocacy projects that engage the poorest of the poor in more creative, touching communications projects.

    Cons

    Limited budget. Most of the staff still from Nordic, hyper-developed countries with limited knowledge and experience communicating with audiences in the Global South.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Comms officer review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNDP full-time

    Pros

    Multinational, good exposure, positive environment,

    Cons

    Can be quite slow and bureaucratic


  9. Helpful (1)

    "More Opportunity for the next generation of leaders"

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

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

    Pros

    Very diverse environment, you have the opportunity to learn from very smart people

    Cons

    No room for growth, it is very difficult to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the next generation of leaders


  10. "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


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