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UNICEF Reviews

Updated September 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, great people to work with" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Excellent work environment and institutional support" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Family and Work life Balance is a challange" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Local consultants are paid a fraction of the international consultants, Super discriminatory to local consultants , late payments , no benefits" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Chief"

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    Current Employee - Chief in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Chief in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not for profit
    Motivating mandate
    Ability to work in different countries

    Cons

    None
    Specialised organisation which requires specialised skills which could limit progression for some staff

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  2. "Good"

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

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Mandate, global, children, efficient and effective

    Cons

    Locations, transfers, emoluments, etc etc

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Left after 1 year"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities to learn and travel for stretch assignments.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to advance in your career, especially if you are national staff. Operational management is challenged and cumbersome. Salary is terribly low for New York and a good % of taxes are out-of-pocket. Heavy bureaucracy. I had great difficulty expressing ideas or making suggestions. Senior staff complimented my clothes much more than my actual work. Your satisfaction here will in large part depend on your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize operations. Hold management accountable. Treat administrative staff with more respect. Discourage gender stereotypes. Work to alleviate bureaucratic hurtles. Provide more professional development and advancement opportunities to staff. Do not hire staff who are obviously overqualified for a post.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UNICEF part-time

    Pros

    Smart and engaged colleagues, interesting projects and work

    Cons

    I had limited to no benefits


  5. "Data Manager"

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    Former Employee - Data Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Data Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and Time were by far competitive in the industry

    Cons

    The workplace environment really left nothing to be desired for

    Advice to Management

    Pick up the pace


  6. "Research Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with top social policy experts

    Cons

    This was a mostly positive experience.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better.."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical and dental coverage one of the best in the city. Amazing, culturally diverse environment to work in. Great place to learn as everyone is from all sorts of different professional backgrounds/countries

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked. Some teams are better than others—in some, General Staff tend to not be valued much yet are extremely overworked and overstretched, not really heard.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great organisation but poor leadership!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, technical excellence, exciting possibilities and political access

    Cons

    No work life balance, senior mangement can be problematic (several are known to be abusive) and little or no recourse


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will work with very motivated, committed colleagues

    Cons

    The workload is not evenly distributed to colleagues, in general, people work excessively.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Does good work overall, but many of the staff are not there for the right reasons"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Does great work at a scale that incomparable (helps hundreds of millions of children), despite some inefficiencies.
    Great salary and benefits - IF YOU'RE ONE A FULL TIME CONTRACT. Massive inequality between contract types (especially between senior staff members, who have a very cushy existence...to younger people who are often on "consultancies" with zero benefits.

    Cons

    Many of the staff are selfish and nepotistic - care more about themselves and promotion that the children they're supposed to be helping. The culture is almost corporate and vey much "dog eat dog".

    A lot of crazy people work there - especially ones that have "been in the field" for too long, and as a result, many of the senior staff have severe personality disorders. And they take this out on many younger staff - especially ones who are enthusiastic about the cause and want to make a difference. The idealists don't last long as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the nasty, crazy senior management staff and replace with compassionate, intelligent people - from outside the organisation if needs be. Do more to retain good, compassionate staff - who joined for the right reasons. Most leave within a year or so.


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