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UNICEF USA Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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UNICEF USA CEO Caryl M. Stern (no image)
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Manager for grants"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    leeway for managing projects independently

    Cons

    very top heavy and bureaucratic organization

    Advice to Management

    invest in working level staff rather than continuing to hire highly paid senior staff who delegate all their tasks.

    UNICEF USA2017-06-28
  2. "Global Cause Platforms Intern"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Absolutely comforting, encouraging, environment designed to enrich learning, promote awareness, and assist others in need.

    Cons

    I have no cons for this position.

    UNICEF USA2017-05-29
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    Working to help improve the lives of children around the world makes it more than just "a job".

    Cons

    Organizational systems need improvement, salary levels are lower than private industry.

    Advice to Management

    Improvement of organizational systems is a start in the right direction, but leadership skills with staff need improvement.

    UNICEF USA2017-05-14
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Mission and Great Resume builder."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    they have an excellent mission, many excellent people, and a somewhat innovative environment to work in. it is big enough that you can move around laterally.

    Cons

    a bit too competitive and stepping on people to get ahead. too many projects and not enough prioritization or willingness to say no.

    Advice to Management

    management needs to look within themselves to change the culture but i fear they aren't able to do that so, little point to offer advice.

    UNICEF USA2017-03-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, dedicated staff, strong work ethic

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, challenges prioritizing, organizational priorities not always aligned

    UNICEF USA2017-02-13
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Strong team, but lack communications"

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    Current Employee - Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great group of people that are really committed to making a difference.

    Cons

    A lot of silos and if you're not based in NY, you feel out of the loop

    Advice to Management

    Break down silos and work to include regional teams

    UNICEF USA2017-01-23
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Unfair treatment for some"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best missions in the non-profit sector, good brand-name. Good organization to start your career, good way to enter UN organizations.

    Cons

    A consultant firm was hired to assess the weaknesses of the organization and one the findings were, that the organization only promotes white women, a member of senior management said to that effect that they should start promoting black men and discarding the possibility that women of color should be promoted. Women of color in the organization are stuck in the same position for years and are basically abused.... This creates a hostile work environment for new employees who want to give the organization a chance. Work-life balance it’s only possible if you are a white woman or a man, you can work from home and once in a while bring your infant or child; in contrast if a woman of color brings their child or children they will get a talking-to and the possibility of working from home is non-existent. If you are a woman of color and want to be promoted in the organization you cannot have children and if you do, you can forget about work-life balance, in addition be prepared to not only do your work but be visible to senior management; what do I mean with visible? You will have to be physically there by the time senior management arrives and leave after senior management leaves, they will not look at the quality of work you do, but more a smoke and mirrors game, it’s a game that some have already learned and even if they do nothing all day they are viewed as some integral part of the team. The treatment of women by some individuals it’s appalling, you can forget about reporting any incident to HR, they will tell you they already know, but they do nothing to correct it. What I can gather is that the incidents involved the same individuals but for some reason they aren’t willing to address them.

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    Advice to Management

    They should follow the same mission they preach. They fundraise and advocate for the health and well-being of women and children from all over the world, but they cannot do the same for their employees. Instead of wasting donor’s dollars in direct-mail they should invest in a better donor database that integrates with all of the many systems they have and keep adding or vice-versa. Listen to their employees and... resolve issues that have been brought to their attention to avoid lawsuits.

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    UNICEF USA2017-02-10
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Starting Employer"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Flexible/relaxed work environment, right amount of work, and interesting presentations from UNICEF.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the lack of feedback on projects, and lack of investment in employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for professional development and career growth within the organization. Also, create a culture of respect for marginal communities working within the organization. Once overheard derogatory remarks being made about women from a male senior management leader, and with the head of HR present in the room, the senior leader was not called out and the issue was not addressed, at least not in... public. Would have liked to see an organization that works on women's and children's issues more invested in educating their employees on following through with some sort of key values for which to stand upon as an employee of an international development agency.

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    UNICEF USA2017-01-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "FAKE & SELF ABSORBED EMPLOYEES AT USF"

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     in Rego Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The mission and the benefits.

    Cons

    Upper Management are not sincere about the mission, starting with the President of the organization. All she cares about is mingling with the stars. Management sees this and staff sees this and no one can do anything -- turn the blind eye. Then there are some staff that kiss upper management. As long as you kiss and play the game, you are safe. Most folks who go to work at USF and are promoted and get to travel..., come from well-off families. I don't they are sincere about the mission, all they care about is their careers, their big salaries and the perks of traveling --- waste of donor money. Not sure what accounting firm they work with, but they should take a good look at how the President travels to often bringing along are sons for donor related trips. Fake, people who only care about themselves. I would not donate to their organization.

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and be sincere and transparent and stop thinking about yourself!

    UNICEF USA2016-12-09
  10. "Data management and technology"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Good Mission, good people, very good 403 match

    Cons

    Very old-fashioned style in management, fully controlled by upper management, expensive direct mailing program and too often web rebranding, waste of donor's money for an old fundraising system, army of temps and old art of technology,

    Advice to Management

    Re-visit Direct Mail program and expenses, Board's involvement with rebuilding technology, fund new management

    UNICEF USA2016-11-06
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