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UNICEF USA Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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

    "Little opportunity for growth"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Smart committed colleagues and interesting work.

    Cons

    Clear desire to keep those at the top happy and well paid and those at the bottom underpaid, hence the high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Value the underlings.

    UNICEF USA2015-06-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Busy work, but gained useful experience"

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    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Was able to attend workshops, learn from employees

    Cons

    Did a lot of busy work, almost no writing

    UNICEF USA2015-04-09
  3. "It was nice..."

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Very well known non profit and a great brand. Most people were very friendly.

    Cons

    I didn't receive much support from HR when I inquired about becoming permanent.

    UNICEF USA2015-01-18
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointing experience"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Though essentially a marketing/fundraising outfit, the mission to raise support for UNICEF is honorable. USF does appear to accommodate those wishing to work part-time from their homes.

    Cons

    Disorganized structure; constant reorganizing of departments/assignments. There seemed to be several long-term temporary employees. Very cliquish environment. Surface cordiality; but it's clear there is discontent among staff witnessed thru turnover and employee conversations.

    UNICEF USA2014-09-06
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, ok managment"

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

    I have been working at UNICEF USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, good benefits, and work/life balance

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth Too many silos not enough collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Focus on professional development

    UNICEF USA2014-07-09
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Huge potential wasted by self serving management and staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    Mission statement is attractive, though the organization is essentially a facade (marketing and PR for UNICEF)

    Cons

    Departments especially fundraising operate in silos; Extremely territorial staff and management; Junior and middle level staff paid below market rate; Bullies are rewarded in this environment Turnover rate is very high

    Advice to Management

    Ensure competitive pay at all levels End silo mentality

    UNICEF USA2014-08-09
  7. "silos"

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    I have been working at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    program management really does care

    Cons

    beuracrcy makes it difficult to accomplish anything

    UNICEF USA2014-05-08
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Incredible Mission, Lackluster Execution"

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

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    First and foremost, the organization's mission is top notch. It's the kind of mission that makes one feel good inside and allows one to sleep at night. There are many like-minded, compassionate people within the organization. The organization can mobilize quickly to respond to sudden emergencies. There are rewarding and gratifying opportunities to support specific projects in the field. Regular visits by UNICEF... staff from the field offer great motivation and inspiring tales of success. Their presentations make staff feel connected to the mission, while giving them a greater sense of what it's like on the ground.

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    Cons

    • Lack of transparency. • Culture of paranoia. • Though well intentioned, departments are often not able to work well with one another due to a lack of free communication and a failure to share information effectively. • Territorial attitude is widespread. • Supporters of the mission often feel bullied or overlooked by colleagues that have their own agendas and personal goals. Supporters of the mission are not... equally acknowledged. • Change is not always easy, pleasant, or expected – leaving many people feeling on edge. • Senior management seems to have no regard for the incredibly high turnover. • Senior management touts an open door policy, but they really aren’t very accessible. Middle management often plays defense and instructs staff that all comments to senior management must go through them. • Lack of direction and priorities. • Emergencies seem to trump all projects, making the organization seem like an ambulance chaser. However, not all emergencies receive equal attention. • There is an identity crisis. Is UNICEF a long-term development agency or is it an emergency relief agency. This identity crisis probably confuses a great number of donors. • Donors receive far too many mailings, emails, texts. It's truly information/solicitation overload. Mailings can be slightly deceptive, if you don't read the fine print. • Fundraisers often allow donors to drive projects, rather than allowing the projects to be driven by the actual needs or the expertise of UNICEF field practitioners.

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    Advice to Management

    Dig deep. Take stock. Realize that some real soul searching is necessary. Ask yourselves, "Why are so many people so unhappy?" Understand that many people are willing to pull the trigger and jump ship as soon as the opportunity arises. The emphasis on celebrity support and special events is important, but not at the expense of the believers that come in day in and day out to promote UNICEF and its lifesaving work.... Be more honest without being vague. Try to limit huge surprises. Restructuring is a difficult process, but it's so much worse when people are blindsided.

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    UNICEF USA2014-03-17
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Well-meaning, but too many ideas and not enough focus."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone really does believe in the mission. The problem is that everyone talks the talk, but not really walks the walk. For example, the corporate partners are screened, but not really to the standards most would expect.

    Cons

    Every person goes by their own, departmental, or divisional goals; it's really hard to get people out of their silos. Skill sets seem dated. They get stuck in a cycle of not investing in the organization. For example, it's really hard to get permission to fill openings, which leads to poorer results, which leads to making it harder to get permission...

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change (or really be developed first). Everyone cuts corners to get their immediate goals done, but it hurts the organization, and, therefore, the children in the long run.

    UNICEF USA2014-01-07
  10. "Hopefully Moving in the right direction"

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    You meet good interesting people of many backgrounds

    Cons

    not very invested in good employee retention

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the concerns of staff.

    UNICEF USA2013-08-09
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