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UNICEF USA Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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  • "One of the best missions in the non-profit sector, good brand-name(in 6 reviews)

  • "Great mission, strong brand and money goes to children who need it most(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to learn about non-profit space"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at UNICEF USA full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, strong brand and money goes to children who need it most

    Cons

    Disorganized senior management, lack focus

    UNICEF USA2019-05-06
  2. 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
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Assistant Director"

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    Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNICEF USA

    Pros

    Amazing mission and met some truly amazing people working here. Depending on who your boss is you can have an amazing experience.

    Cons

    A lot of smoke and mirrors, if you look closely at the behavior of management, not many of them practice what they preach. Inappropriate workplace behavior is not only tolerated, but encouraged. HR is basically there to look out for Senior Management and no one else. The interns seem happy, but among the employees it's a revolving door and I think this is their business model, so if playing ruthless politics doesn't... work for you, look elsewhere.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't take it personal when people leave, if you want employees to stay then start looking at ways to make your employees happy and treat people with respect. Also, there are way too many cooks in one kitchen. Currently you have 16 VPs in an organization of 200 people, its about 8% of your total staff, that in itself is a huge red flag. Consider a less hierarchical organizational structure, level the management... playing field, devote more funds to positions that support the infrastructure. Just because you're squeezing your employees dry doesn't make you an efficient organization-- another red flag, where you have 1 or 2 people working on major organizational functions only means balls are being dropped. A system is only as good as the staff it has to maintain it.

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    UNICEF USA2016-06-22
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    "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
  5. "Extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical organization"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I believe in UNICEF's mission

    Cons

    Lack of transparency Lack of leadership Very bureaucratic and political Extremely well compensated Senior Management team yet rest of staff scrapes by.

    Advice to Management

    Live your stated values Be transparent

    UNICEF USA2012-06-20
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