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UNICEF Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
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  • Tough to manage work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Work often projectised and often inward looking processes and procedures with little incentive to work with others (in 4 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

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Great for growing in career path

    Cons

    Perhaps it needs to be less burocratic


  2. "Not a good place for Americans to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay isn't bad for a non-profit. Some colleagues are very kind and truly wanted to help children.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and hierarchal. Definitely blatant favoritism and Europeans rule the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair.


  3. "Amazing internship"

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

    Pros

    -Great interview process. They use a competency based approach.
    -Knowledgeable and kind co-workers from all over the world.
    -They include interns in their management meetings. Great learning experience.
    -Interns are respected and given assignments according to their level (most interns have Masters)

    Cons

    -Bureaucratic environment. It's hard to communicate with higher ups.
    -It's hard to get a professional job in UNICEF if you're not sponsored by one of the donor countries.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities for good interns to enter the organization


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  5. "Education and Policy Officer"

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    Former Employee - Education Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Education Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, very hard to move up, facilities lacking

    Advice to Management

    More benefits for those with families


  6. "Education Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Global programming oversight, ability to advocate for policy level work at the UN

    Cons

    Silo work environment, processes for work streams not clear, slow and bureaucratic.


  7. "Glass ceiling in terms of career mobility"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are generous. Annual leave accrual is a plus. Working for the United Nations is unique and privilege.

    Cons

    There is a Leadership crisis at UNICEF that is perpetuated by senior management. Lots of talk about streaming but weak in execution.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate leadership courses for every manager as part of their development. Match them up with a senior leader.


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    "Great but super bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has an incredible mandate, helping children around the world through development and humanitarian projects. The work environment is usually friendly and the organisation treats is staff very well compared to other UN agencies.

    Cons

    It's very bureaucratic and you will not have to use your brain a lot. Change and innovation, despite being promoted, are misunderstood and hardly adopted. Instead of performance, nepotism and favouritism are key to get promotions. You will also see a lot of money wasted and children actually get a small part of the budget.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is that they should look at the private sector and look at how increase effectiveness. Your client are the children of world, they don't really have a voice so you should find ways to better work on their behalf.


  9. "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mandate, diverse staff presence, huge country presence

    Cons

    Micro- management by some mid and senior level mangers

    Advice to Management

    Continuous investment in leadership skills among mid-senior level managers


  10. "Data Analyst"

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

    Pros

    People there are really friendly and International. The atmosphere is good and you feel like you are making contributions to the world.

    Cons

    The salary is low and there are not so much space to go up.


  11. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Pretty good working experience and nice co-workers

    Cons

    No-pay internship and you have to pay for all the costs



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