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Updated May 21, 2018
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Achim Steiner
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Pros
  • "Flexible working hours, great people" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Interesting work, possibility to get involved in important projects, high responsibilities" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "full-time employee in Switzerland" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Interns are unpaid - exploitation" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "None"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ICT Specialist in Stoy, IL
    Former Employee - ICT Specialist in Stoy, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNEP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    working people from diffirent parts of the world thus having diversity

    Cons

    career growth is very limited

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Meaningful summer experience"

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance; Wide access to different organizations and other governments

    Cons

    Slow precessing; hard to become staff; entry level may feel constrained

  3. "Great experience for some"

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience and opportunity to network

    Cons

    Some projects may be unfulfilling, so you have to be proactive and constantly seek for more challenging opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Give interns more challenging projects


  4. "Unpaid, unfair"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNEP (More than a year)

    Pros

    exposure to international policy and the workings of the UN system.

    Cons

    internships are highly unfair, as they are unpaid and therefore unattainable to most students.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a program of stipends or benefits for interns to ease the financial burden of providing free labour.


  5. "UNEP is great if you are passionate about the environment"

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to take on additional tasks that are aligned to personal interests; encouraged to attend events around Washington, D.C.; networking opportunities

    Cons

    Some of the work can be tedious, such as data entry; living in DC unpaid


  6. "Good place to learn"

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and meet many experienced professional. A lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Could be slow sometimes. Very hierarchical.


  7. "Ambitious global goals but success is limited by outdated management practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome to work with dedicated, multilingual colleagues from all over the world.
    Opportunities to share knowledge and make a difference in developing countries.
    Good salary (tax-free) and benefits (especially if you have dependents).

    Cons

    Extremely outdated management and administrative practices.
    Severe lack of IT infrastructure and equipment.
    All work is slowed down by confusing or unknown administrative procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the admin systems and hire new talent that understands and can apply contemporary management systems. Treat short-term consultants with more respect and capture their contributions so that short-term projects become resources for longer-term programs. Update the human resource benefit options to offer a portfolio that can be customized by each employee to fit her or his needs.

  8. "Worked as a consultant, mostly remotely."

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    Pros

    Perks are that I was able to travel while working with UNEP a few times and had things (accommodation, flight and meals) covered. Also was able to meet a wide variety of very interesting, motivated people who share common goal of environmental protection and sustainable development.

    Cons

    Working remotely made communication with team members difficult. There was also bad management - manager of a particular team was found to have embezzled funds, though he was subsequently ousted.

    Advice to Management

    Seems to be a top-down structure. Can't comment too much about whether that was effective since I didn't spend time on site working.


  9. "Good place to learn, but hard to get in"

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    Pros

    Great people to work with, diverse expertise, relatively low-paced work environment, great benefits, opportunities for international travels, stable job once get in the UN system

    Cons

    hard to get a permanent position, sometimes inefficient and bureaucratic, coordinating jobs could be hard but low-rewards.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Primary School Teacher in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Current Employee - Primary School Teacher in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I make serious commitment to mould and shape people to build attitudes which contribute positively towards national building through creation of ideas. Thus, effective management and sustainability of tangible impact development oriented projects seems promising.

    Cons

    Many impact projects in Papua New Guinea do not last due to mismanagement, misappropriation, theft,vandalism and land and property ownership issues. Bulk of the population is illiterate and incompetent due to lack of effective awareness, community involvement and training.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct awarenesses, involve target beneficiaries and train employees effectively to participate positively in project implementation. Utilize spin of benefits to create local economic base for beneficiaries so that project completion and sustainability is guaranteed.


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