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UNICEF Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, great people to work with" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Best institution for career grow and work environment" (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • "Family and Work life Balance is a challange" (in 15 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. Helpful (1)

    "UNICEF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UNICEF full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pension plan and benefits

    Cons

    favoritism in many groups throughout

  3. "janitorial"

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    Former Employee - Lead Custodian in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Custodian in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I like custodial work at UNICEF

    Cons

    To far away from home and drive to much

    Advice to Management

    Yes


  4. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great overrall leave entitlement policy. Ability to work independently

    Cons

    work-life balance, workload can be very overwhelming often


  5. "Most employees at HQ are consultants on short term contracts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you’re hired as a consultant, view it as an opportunity to get experience inside one of the giant UN agencies, but don’t expect it to lead to anything permanent

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Power and agency concentrated among a small number of people on any given team. Others get pigeon-holed and await marching orders w/o growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management hires content experts to lead teams - they have no management skills, just giant egos, and everyone under them suffers. Team morale should be evaluated as part of Chiefs’ annual review by their Director.

    Unless you want to continue to be an exploitative employer, convert so-called consultancies to real jobs. Right now you have the same people being renewed for years in end with no benefits or security.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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