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Updated February 15, 2017
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UNESCO Directrice générale Irina Bokova
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Pros
  • flexible, good working environment and interesting people to work with but depends on the unit you're working in (in 8 reviews)

  • Great experience, working with highly intelligent people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Manque de personnel ; pas d'opportunit (in 5 reviews)

  • Too much politics, no movement for career growth, no development training (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Intern at The Slave Route Project"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at UNESCO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, my opinions were welcomed and used in larger scheme

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced and things got lost in the fray, extremely bureaucratic and slow in terms of efficacy


  2. "So Much Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    educated and interesting people

    Cons

    lost souls and good-for-nothing bureaucrats


  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff hails from all over the world, and there are some really smart professionals from different sectors. Access to meetings, summits, and conferences are a great plus.

    Cons

    It's an unpaid UN internship, so it will put a pretty big dent in your pocket. Also, UNESCO can be bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns! Paris is not a cheap city, and you may actually welcome a diverse intern class.


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  5. "Aimless and Procedural"

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

    Pros

    meet great people from around the world

    Cons

    no real learning or incentive structure


  6. "Web developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and culture atmosphere

    Cons

    Budget limited and heavy administration

    Advice to Management

    Hire talents


  7. "Wonderful organization with focus on Education for International Understanding in Asia-Pacific region"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with educators from Asia-Pacific region
    Hands on training along with diverse experience ranging from organizing programs, budget, to research
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Limited number of employees
    Having to deal with multiple funding organization
    Korean working style


  8. "fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    great international connections; nice work environment

    Cons

    lack of budget for efficiency


  9. Helpful (2)

    "UNESCO"

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

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Potential for growth, especially for young staff.

    Cons

    Hyper-bureaucratic, poor management, lack of career opportunities. Organization in financial crisis. Primary concern is survival, not to achieve results.


  10. "It was a great experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Many chances to learn about other cultures.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a real job.


  11. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, diverse groups of people; responsibility from day 1 (even for interns)

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and very bureaucratic



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