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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 (1)

    "UNESCO Bangkok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, diverse staff, and one learns the inner workings of the UN.

    Cons

    Exceptionally poor management, heavily bureaucratic, elitist, and nepotistic. Favoritism is rampant. Promotes 21st century learning, yet the organization does not operate accordingly. No job security unless P-level staff. Young and single staff are especially taken advantage of - No job security, not paid well, and expected to work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Provide project management training and mentoring to leadership. Good workers don't leave organizations, they leave poor management.


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    Interns work full time hours without pay and often do jobs better suited for a trained assistant. I was recently told by a staff member that UNESCO is the only agency in the UN that does not pay their interns.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "The bad apple of the UN system"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    grand and noble mission, arts and culture to freedom of expression and more.

    Cons

    reeks of nepotism and corruption, from its Director General Bokova on down. Weak and nonstrategic leadership is 'played' by member states and has led to loss of its biggest donor (US). For decades UNESCO has been the black sheep of the UN family -- mired in the worst of UN + French bureaucracy, with too many desk intellectuals enjoying comfy positions at Paris headquarters. Incompetent politically appointed senior leadership remains, while the hard working younger professionals struggle to make a difference in important programs. Under the current administration, favoritism and coverups have only gotten worse. Unlike most of the UN, UNESCO squanders 80% of its budget at HQ for the privileged class.

    Advice to Management

    New senior leadership needed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Awful place to work for"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor

    Pros

    Part of UN with potential to make a difference in the world. It has done good work to some extent on the culture front.

    Cons

    Most appointments are political and not transparent. Who knows who serve as criteria for career advancement. Critical thinking is not encouraged nor is merit. The organization is not really committed to social justice and the developing world. It is a self promoting mechanism for egocentric civil servants who will not bulge from its HQs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

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

    Pros

    cultural diversity and its efforts towards cultural heritage and preservation

    Cons

    iow commitment to genuine developmental work.


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