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UNICEF Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
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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. "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.


  2. "Could be better.."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "Chief"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  7. "colleagues are nice. work environment is decent."

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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

    colleagues are nice. work environment is decent. location is midtown which is perfect. a perfect place for someone who wants to work in a really international environment because each of your colleagues is from a different country.

    Cons

    work pace is slow. not too many opportunities for professional career development.

    Advice to Management

    more efforts to be more efficient.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Programme Officer"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Humanitarian assistance serving mothers and children, especially the most vulnerable

    Cons

    Financial challenges leading to restructuring and downsizing

    Advice to Management

    Keep on serving humanity in making a better world for children, especially the most vulnerable achieve their best potential


  9. "Finance Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    flexible, pension, good work/life balance

    Cons

    mandatory rotation to another country


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Interview"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The interview for intern position is easy.

    Cons

    Works are unorganized some times. Supervisors are not that helpful simply because they don't know how to answer the question.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engagement with Interns.


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