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UNESCO Reviews

Updated February 15, 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)

  • 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. "Join at your own risk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "???"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Project Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Good job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job, compétent collègues, interesting subjects, beautiful locations. Can't highlight how is a pleasure to work with this organization'. Hope to continue this job.

    Cons

    Nothing to say im sorry it is the best

    Advice to Management

    Please recruit dôme younger candidates and from more various backgrounds


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    "Finance and Admiistatve Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative and Finance Officer in Accra (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Administrative and Finance Officer in Accra (Ghana)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good employment Benefits package
    Working under less stress situation
    Secured work environment

    Cons

    I some cases staff transfer and change of duty station is not doe transparently

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with your good administration set-up
    Improve transparency on trannsfers


  7. "friendly environment and interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible, good working environment and interesting people to work with but depends on the unit you're working in

    Cons

    no possibility to be hired at the end of the internship
    sometimes people might be too busy to give you feedback on your work
    unpaid


  8. "Extremely challenging but a valuable experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Programmer Specialist in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Assistant Programmer Specialist in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get access to a lot of resources and have the opportunity to work on progressive, innovative programs with like-minded people. You get a valuable experience in learning the UN system and what it's like working for a large UN agency. Paris is interesting too.

    Cons

    It is incredibly bureaucratic and elitist. They need to reform their internship and consultant contracts since they do most of the work due to some people on permanent contracts that do not innovate and cause blockages. It's also to move things forward when most of the staff is on unstable temporary contracts. Due to its size it is necessary to be patient with everything and challenge the rules since sometime people get them wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Reform contracts so they retain good and new talent. Allow projects to be more collaborative with different departments, help each other out and allow many people to have their name on publications and projects and not be so territorial. Create better onboarding training for short-term staff and interns so they can take the most advantage of the time they are at UNESCO which will help them give the most impact while they are there.


  9. "Largest water education and capacity building institute in the world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Research Fellow in Delft (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - PhD Research Fellow in Delft (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, international, diverse environment, good professional connections with leading experts

    Cons

    Level of professionalism particularly of the administrative staff, lacking a leader

    Advice to Management

    Find a rector


  10. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Project Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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