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UNHCR Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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UNHCR Head António Guterres
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  • "Absolutely no work-life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Only supporting UN national staff" (in 4 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. "It is more than a career; it is a passion, a calling to be able to serve humanity"

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

    I worked at UNHCR full-time

    Pros

    The most noble thing one can do and devote his/her time, intellect, energy , youth is to feel and know that one's work is for and on behalf of all humanity. The idea of working for planet Earth was a daily inspiration for me.

    Cons

    At times, it is highly political. promotion and postings system is seriously flawed

    Advice to Management

    Less politics and focus on 'the best person for the job' . Improve appointments and promotion policy Base it more on merit, fairness and transparency. Establish a 'corporate' approach in the appointment and promtion of staff.

  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working location. Located in the middle of Washington DC

    Cons

    Not much communication between co workers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "10 years at HCR"

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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

    Inspiring, dedicated, exciting - you get to do work that saves and changes lives. Many colleagues are exceptionally smart and dedicated.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy truly is atrocious - not only time consuming but often deeply illogical. The process is often more important than the right result.

    Advice to Management

    Support and trust your teams.


  5. "Senior Resettlement Assistant"

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

    I worked at UNHCR full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding, Culture Diversity, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    Many people suffer from early burnout


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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