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UNICEF Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, great people to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent work environment and institutional support (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Tough to manage work life balance (in 7 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. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interview"

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    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.

  3. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work and life balance, meaningful job

    Cons

    bureaucratic process of reviewing procedures


  4. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great mission, very diverse,

    Cons

    extremely slow, bureaucratic, no promotions, old management style


  5. "Director"

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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

    Mission, results driven, values, ethos

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough


  6. "Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at UNICEF part-time

    Pros

    Very supportive team, encouraging environment, opportunity to contribute to the teams work and collaborate with other units as well

    Cons

    Processes might take time due to hierarchy, team is constantly changing as people are in and out


  7. "Contracting for UNICEF Pakistan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    UNICEF Pakistan - largest UNICEF country office, diverse range of activities going on.

    Cons

    As a contractor you tend to get requisitioned for other activities without due paperwork ("Here, can you just do this other report too?").

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Health in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Health in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What a mandate and mission - its such an honour to work for such an organization and I met so many amazing professionals committed to really making a difference.

    Cons

    Over bureaucratic - 50 usd is treated as 50million for reporting -and more time looking inward to the corporate beast than looking at context and working out with partners and government how to really make a difference to children's lives

    Advice to Management

    To be competitive and relevant you need to stop spending so much time talking about vision - and showing some


  9. "Advcote for famiies and children"

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

    I worked at UNICEF part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    i have accomplished work with UNICEF and UN headquarters by advocating and counseling for women and children working the families .
    panel discussions and public speaking , activates , workshops .

    Cons

    UNICEF AND UN Headquarters are organizations that are very successful , and have gave me the opportunity to work with them and learn from different cultures and internationally .

    Advice to Management

    My advice is that everyone work together as a team and be able to help all families and children .


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Feel Sorry for the children of the word..."

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

    I have been working at UNICEF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are in the big apple, so lots to do in the city
    Appealing organizational mandate
    Brand image
    Diverse and multicultural workforce

    Cons

    By far the most politically charged organization to work for guided by the principals of personal greed and self-preservation.
    -Old School management: mostly senior (55+) work force which is coasting to collect pensions with lack of any real world awareness or drive to improve/ learn new skills.
    -Decision Making is viewed as a "hot potato" - keep passing it to the next until it falls or is forgotten. Average time-frame for a policy - 2 years +
    -Internal class system VERY prevalent - International Professionals (IP) pose as masters of the local (General) staff across the globe. Average salary + benefits gap can be 80-150%. Consultants are treated worst, unless you are a retiree returned as a consultant to further "milk" the system.
    -Performance management is smoke n mirrors - People managers deliberately give outstanding ratings to non-performers hoping to pass their problem to someone else. Managing out an employee is unheard of. No 360 appraisal.
    -Career growth: WHO you know, not WHAT you know! Circumventing the system to promote ethnic affiliations and nepotism often consistently overlooked.
    -Accreditation of Qualifications: PHD from an unheard of country has more weight than a Masters from Harvard. So having a Director with double PHD's and not knowing how to operate an ATM machine is not uncommon.
    -Globally Decentralized: each country, region & HQ (there are 3 BTW) has their own HR, Ops, Finance, Admin, program leads and budgets. Thus no synergies, economies of scale, best practices sharing or cross training for capacity development.
    -Politics and Egos: The bigger the title the more inaccessible the employee.

    Advice to Management

    -Replace all DED's and above with result oriented management over those interested in politics, optics and self interest.
    -Stop putting a positive spin on shameful results to get added funding.
    -Invest in a single (not piece meal) global audit of the entire organization using reputable auditors instead of audit volunteers
    -Stop rehiring retirees, give the younger workforce the reins to show results.


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