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UNHCR Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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UNHCR Head António Guterres
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Pros
  • Important job in the world helping people in need (in 5 reviews)

  • Interesting work and training opportunities (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There are a lot of constraints with long working hours and poor work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • No pay, no subsidies, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (which contradicts with UN's multiple articles on workers' rights) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Organization and Very Rewarding Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time

    Pros

    I work in a very team oriented environment in Cairo with extremely professional people that work together to get a very difficult job done with a very high volume of refugees per month. The supervisors are great and care about your success and the success of the mission. They will give you great feedback and help you as much as possible.

    Cons

    Coming from the U.S. and having to take a severe cut in salary as a local Egyptian employee rather than an international employee is very difficult. Hard to support a family in the U.S. on an Egyptian salary.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Previous experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Gaining a great experience in humanitarian response in emergencies.

    Cons

    Could be very stressful sometimes.

  3. "Straight from the Heart"

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

    I have been working at UNHCR full-time

    Pros

    The best mission and value driven people

    Cons

    The hectic process and bureaucracy of the organization


  4. "Member recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UNHCR part-time

    Pros

    Good money for young people

    Cons

    Difficult to keep up the minimums


  5. "Intern"

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

    I worked at UNHCR full-time

    Pros

    The organization is wonderful, the employees are awesome, and you get to work for the UN - life is great!

    Cons

    The UN should start paying their interns a salary. UNHCR should also start digitalizing all of their records into electronic format. It would make life much easier for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please start paying Interns - I understand this is a UN policy, but this policy needs to change in our modern era.


  6. "Good Intentions for the World"

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    Current Employee - Supply Officer in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Supply Officer in Federal Way, WA

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

    Pros

    Important job in the world helping people in need

    Cons

    Stuck using management techniques of the past

    Advice to Management

    Update leadership skills


  7. "Admin Assistent"

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    Former Employee - Architect/Site Planner in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Architect/Site Planner in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Payment, medical insurance, pensional fond etc

    Cons

    Field, as a shellter in the field helping refiggiess

    Advice to Management

    I am very good and very proffesional skills

  8. "UNHCR- loved the experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Protection Assistant in Westminster, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Protection Assistant in Westminster, CA

    I worked at UNHCR (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hands on experience
    Working directly with people in need
    Excellent healthcare benefits
    Multicultural environment

    Cons

    Career growth and stability
    Bureaucracy makes it difficult to accomplish tasks


  9. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    good salary if you employed by UNHCR (not that good if employed as affiliated staff), benefits (health, pension depending on the years of contract)

    Cons

    changing environment, need to travel, not always good communication with personnel


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall rating of the office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNHCR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best staffing and family like working environment.it is a real time humanitarian services and job satisfaction guaranteed.i would have worked a lot with them if it was not for moving to texas.

    Cons

    Most of the positions are located remote and that makes the weather condition unpleasant at times.apart from that ,there might also me security concerns related to that.

    Advice to Management

    Training and movent are limimited at times and i advice there could be more movements and training opportunities outside the duty stayion to help refresh the staff members who might get exhausted due to high heat and unfavorable weather condition.


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