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UNESCO Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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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)

  • Noble mission, rewarding work with governments (sometimes), good pay, pleasant co-workers, good work-life balance, flexi-time (in 3 reviews)

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

  • tences mais aussi par la nationalit (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall rating"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor

    Pros

    international environment. interesting events/people happening all the time

    Cons

    no rigorous analytical exp. outdated tech

    Advice to Management

    reconstruct hiring process, integrate better research resources


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work a lot and do not earn much"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Barcelona (Spain)

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job gets routine, so you at least don't want to kill yourself, and you can do it on repeat.

    Cons

    The payment is not much, but hey, in this economy, at least I can survive.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support/Network Assistant in Khartoum (Sudan)
    Former Employee - Technical Support/Network Assistant in Khartoum (Sudan)

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

    Pros

    I was a fresh graduate so it was a good opportunity to learn and gain basic work experience.

    Cons

    After a couple of months my work knowledge was not growing anymore because I have already learned everything their offering.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Join at your own risk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * nice vacation ( 6 weeks per year) and benefit packages
    * salary is not taxable income
    * 35 hours working week

    Cons

    * Almost impossible to get a promotion
    * Reward for good job is more work
    * A lot of toxic managers
    * Luck of communication

    Advice to Management

    * Be transparent and open
    * Respect your employees
    * Need to motivate people better


  5. "???"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Too much politics, no movement for career growth, no development training

    Advice to Management

    Need to be stronger management team


  6. "Bureaucracy at UNESCO"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Former Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The teams at UNESCO are very multidisciplinary and the environment is very international. you will work with people from Latin America, Asia, America, Africa, so from all over the world. What I liked the most is the social impact of the projects.

    Cons

    I decided not to start my career at UNESCO after my internship because of the inefficiency of UNESCO HQ. The bureaucracy, hierarchy etc are slowing down creative people that want to move forward and want to work. The contracts of consultants are per 3 to 6 months so the security is low. I personally experienced that a consultant was 2 months unemployed because of mishandling paperwork and inefficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Because of the structure of UNESCO and the UN in general I think it is not really possible to change the inefficiency in the short term. Long term changes will make the difference and are needed.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beirut (Lebanon)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beirut (Lebanon)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Management helps you adapt to the environment well. You are also introduced to others working in the environment and get to interact with them regularly. The work schedule was also quite flexible.

    Cons

    Work is often slow for interns, we are not given much responsibility. More responsibilities would have been nice in order to gain more experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibilities to younger members of the office. Management should also learn a better way to communicate with members of their project teams.

  8. "Grandes attentes - grande déception"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Environnement international
    Utilité reconnue
    Bonne cause
    Contenu de projets intéressant

    Cons

    Hiérarchie autoritaire et incompétente
    Ambiance de méfiance et d'hostilité
    Manque de budget
    Management de projet absolument catastrophique
    Manque de communication
    Bureaucratie peu transparente et souvent dépourvue de sens
    Conditions de travail inacceptables pour les jeunes (pas de sécurité sociale, ni chômage, ni retraite, stages non-rémunérés, pas de formation structurée, aucun moyen de s'impliquer de manière créative dans les processus de travail …)


  9. "Grande devise et histoire, faible application."

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    Former Contractor - Manager du numérique in Paris (France)
    Former Contractor - Manager du numérique in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Beaucoup d'avantages et bonne paie, vous ne payez pas de taxes en travaillant à l'ONU. Une communauté internationale, j'ai travaillé aux côtés de personnes du monde entier. Vous apprenez beaucoup de tout le monde et vous pouvez emprunter de morceaux de di

    Cons

    L'organisation est trop grande et la direction supérieure n'est pas consciente des sous-secteurs qui fonctionnent tous complètement différemment: une culture du travail différente, une éthique du travail, les horaires d'arrivée et de départ, différents traitements des employés. Les inégalités et les visions politiques sont parfois révoltantes. Certaines délégations n'aiment pas travailler avec des femmes car ils sont musulmans et d'autres délégations ou diplomates pensent qu'ils sont au-dessus des lois et traitent les professionnels et employés comme s'ils leur étaient supérieurs. La direction supérieure a besoin de protéger ses propres professionnels, les employés sont toujours stressés et ne sentent pas la protection de leurs supérieurs. Cependant, la section culturelle et incroyable et je n'ai rien à redire, en fait l'organisation dans son ensemble devrait plus ressembler à la section culturelle qui semble presque être indépendante.

    Advice to Management

    Les secteurs individuels devraient être mieux connus, il y trop de secteurs qui se recoupent et qui effectuent le même travail, gaspillant du temps et des ressources précieuses pour l'organisation entière. Le népotisme et le favoritisme est envahissant da


  10. "L'UNESCO a une noble tâche mais est déchirée par une bureaucratie corrompue."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Une agence des Nations Unies leader pour l'éducation, la culture et la science.

    Cons

    Beaucoup de guerres internes, lourde paperasserie et bureaucratie, préjugés envers les étrangers, manque de jugement de compétences réel lors de l'embauchement, mais embauche d'amis ou jurys non qualifés incapables de choisir de bons candidats.

    Advice to Management

    La direction de l'UNESCO échoue dans sa mission -- ils font trop ce qu'ils ont envie de faire sans aucun plan stratégique ni vue d'ensemble. Comme la plupart des Nations Unies, l'Unesco souffrent de départements, de missions et de mandats qui se chevauche


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