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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great colleagues, diverse areas of work, great benefits (in 15 reviews)

  • Great place to work with very passionate people and they often hire internally (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Hierarchical, lacks transparency in decision-making (in 4 reviews)

  • Lacks diversity in leadership and senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic and challenging"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun center of universe with innovation and charisma prized. Strong on substance and cutting edge communications and advocacy. Good benefits,

    Cons

    Internal competition. Some rigid hierarchy. Inconsistent direction at times. Variance across teams.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on overall strategy. Mitigate internal competition. Focus on un. Support more diversity. Look at real impact not gloss.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Horrible management and old boys club

  3. "Great work environment but focus and leadership needed"

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and benefits. Driven, highly motivated, friendly colleagues who are passionate about making the world better. Fast-paced setting and you can do a lot -- it's what you make of it. Opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Disjointed and unfocused as a whole, without a clear organizational mission, though teams themselves are mission-oriented. Decision-making isn't always transparent or give a clear steer. Titles don't really reflect responsibilities or experience. Best performers aren't promoted while those with the right relationships are. Senior leadership is insular and not diverse, no people of color.

    Advice to Management

    Need to retain innovative, action-orientation while also being more substantive and focused on impact.


  4. "ED"

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    smart, nice people, fun, passionate about issues areas

    Cons

    organization takes on so much- not always focus as a whole


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful office space, prime location. High energy, exciting cutting edge approaches and missions. Introspective leadership. Where improvements were needed i.e. standardizing job titles with job responsibilities, creating career development trajectories for staff, actions were being taken to address them. What appeared to be agile, responsive leadership culture.

    Cons

    Workload was intense- but this varied across teams and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep assessing for career development opportunities for staff. Employ "350" surveys so that supervisors and staff are reviewed be each other and by the colleagues they each work with closely. Look for opportunities to allow staff between departments to network with each other more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, but lack of long term growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, diverse areas of work, great benefits

    Cons

    Lack of growth for mid level positions, including salary, high turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    More training for staff


  7. "Great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Strategy and hiring/promotion processes unclear

  8. Helpful (1)

    "avoid at all costs, would give 0 stars for culture/values and senior management if it were possible"

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    pay for senior staff is above industry average

    Cons

    toxic work environment particularly in the finance department

    Advice to Management

    fire the CFO


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission but execution not as great"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people with passion, great benefits

    Cons

    Comms tends to over-highlight the work


  10. "Dynamic, mission-driven organization"

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Compelling vision, dynamic leadership, and great creative "get things done" energy

    Cons

    Some business operations could be modernized and administration sometimes resists change.


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