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UNESCO Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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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)

  • 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. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work and grow

    Cons

    cant think of any cons , overall nice place to work


  2. 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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful learning experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting programs and projects involved.
    Very supportive and encouraging colleagues.
    Great exposure.
    Chance to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Bound by diplomacy.
    No field-work.
    No stipend.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities for knowledge building and sharing / working with government agencies."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities, multidisciplinary teams, lots of learning! Possibility to work with government agencies to assist and participate in social and economic development in complex settings.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, like in many international agencies, UNESCO's employees/consultants can often feel burdened by the bureaucracies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Control and Construction management."

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Quality Control Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with a large team of international Architects and construction managers, working as UN staff are a key bridge to my future endeavors.

    Cons

    Implementation of large construction projects within Afghanistan are always challenging but with lesson learned and wide experiences I can overcome to the challenges

    Advice to Management

    Providing more professional training related to construction management and technology will improve our knowledges


  7. "Project Officer"

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    Former Employee - Project Officer in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Project Officer in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + International colleagues
    + Proximity to really brilliant researchers and development experts
    + There is so much work to do, so the sky is the limit in terms of your contribution to the Organization

    Cons

    - Budget cuts mean the staff is stretched, but can be an opportunity.

  8. "Project Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brasília, Federal District (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility of being a contracted consultant helps to manage your professional obligations; besides, the payment is good.

    Cons

    You are under the supervision of people other than Unesco's staff, meaning that the relationship is sometimes controversial as those people may not have the human-capital-skills to properly conduct the contract and, therefore, the work.

    Advice to Management

    To review UNESCO's partnerships or, at least, have someone reviewing the conduction of the contract, making sure that the consultant will have the correct inputs and no changes in the original goals.


  9. "Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The management is pretty good and work is flexible. The work involves statistics and good in a way.

    Cons

    The work would be the same and would in a positive sense easy at a point. No major concern.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work experience was fantastic

    Cons

    bureaucracy, everything take so long to get approved


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