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Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Professional working environment and staff (in 26 reviews)

  • Great Benefits for employees; work-life balance well managed (in 11 reviews)

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

  • All of them bar the full time contracts offer little or no vacation days, no health benefits and no pension options (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Mission-driven organization"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great Time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IP Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IP Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Experience, great coworkers, awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    The UN should at least pay for transportation

    Advice to Management

    Pay a travel stipend to interns


  3. "General Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UNDP part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good Place to Network
    -Supportive and warm team
    -Good opportunity to explore working at UNDP

    Cons

    -Often repetitive work
    -While the office recruits grad students only, the work could be done by undergrads as well


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Programme Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Multi-cultural working environment, good pay

    Cons

    Things can sometimes take long to happen

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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

    I worked at UNDP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to global issues

    Cons

    Good experience overall - but there is over reliance on consultants

    Advice to Management

    Demand more accountability of senior management


  7. "site engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Engineer in Palestine, IL
    Former Employee - Site Engineer in Palestine, IL

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

    Pros

    I'm Seeking to get a distinctive position in the fields of engineering and administration which contribute to growth my personal skills and feeling by independence Which gives me the chance to show my potential and my skills to help the company in achieving its goals and help the community to grow and prosper

    Cons

    1. Rubble Removal program
    2. Job creation program JCP


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Once upon a time, it was a wonderful place to work, now....not so much."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to work for a mission driven, value-based organization.
    Smart, dedicated, passionate people working to make a difference in the world through the use of their expertise, skills and knowledge.
    Great benefits! Lots of intangibles that you can't find work in the private sector.
    Multicultural & diverse. You have the ability to contribute to something greater than yourself and it's also wonderful opportunity to travel the world and to continuously learn.

    Cons

    Lack of vision
    Cut, cuts, and more cuts of positions in order to reduce costs without really getting to the heart of the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Reconnect with your mission. Repurpose and reposition the organization so that everyone can see the value of our role in the world. Put the humanness back into Human Resources! Show that you care about your staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "UNDP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Business Solutions Expert in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Business Solutions Expert in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNDP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    They have several contracts types.
    All of them bar the full time contracts offer little or no vacation days, no health benefits and no pension options.
    Full timers get 6 weeks vacation!
    They hire contractors to do their work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Most need management training.
    Need to improve administration of contracts.
    They are slow to pay on invoices.
    They often tell contractors the contract will be extended but usually on the last day!
    Very poor people management.


  10. "Operaqtions"

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined UNDP in 1992 and worked at Country Office, Headquarters and Regional level. The work is very exciting, with lots of talented professionals and in a very multi-cultural environment. I really loved working there for 23 years. I identify myself with UN core values. My view of UNDP in all positive. I is a great place to work and contribute with development projects worldwide.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours


  11. "mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Unemployed in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Unemployed in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working hours, nice people

    Cons

    no salary, no job offer, no stability



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