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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great colleagues, diverse areas of work, great benefits" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Available resources un-matched anywhere else in sector, Excellent executive leadership, great working environment, strong partners" (in 8 reviews)

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

  • "Professional development opportunities are somewhat limited, particularly for entry-level positions" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Hard working, pleasant colleagues"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, decent pay, professionalism

    Cons

    Need to pay interns. Organization's aims are a bit oblique at times

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff with training & opportunities


  2. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    UNF is good to its employees in some ways - it pays relatively well and has good benefits.

    Cons

    The leadership doesn't seem to have a clear vision for the organization & the organization feels quite disjointed as a result. It also spends ridiculous amounts of money on total fluff with no impact. It seems like each time is a very different experience.


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    "Experience varies from team to team"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    UNF is a large, interesting organization and any person's experience (and salary) can vary widely depending on team. I've had some really positive experiences on teams but I know that's not true of everyone.

    Cons

    There is no standardization across teams, so salaries for the same title change across teams. The HR department is a mess and difficult to work with.


  5. "Intern Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly and are always willing to sit down with you or grab a coffee to answer any questions you have. Great company events. Many women in positions of power. Beautiful office.

    Cons

    Unpaid. Unsustainable for longer than a semester without supplemental income.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe allow for intern fluidity between teams and departments?


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Superficial friendliness, benefits, teaches you how to exist in an office environment, politics and all.

    Cons

    management favoritism, lack of professional development/upward mobility, lack of diversity all while patting yourself on the back

    Advice to Management

    hire diversity, and allow for upward movement. also, stop claiming to do things the UN does.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice building location, and flashy events. it's easy to he swept away by the allure of the foundation when outwardly it looks so well packaged.

    Cons

    almost corporate feel, lack of direction and diversity from management, frequent belittling from supervisors and expectation to work full time without any pay or stipend whatsoever. horrible excuse for an internship especially when many other paid opportunities exist in healthier environments in dc.

    Advice to Management

    make sure your employees are being heard and your interns are actually learning real skills.

  8. "Consultant"

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Granted autonomy on projects

    Cons

    Not a lot of direction, bureaucratic


  9. "UNF"

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good work-life balance, kind and caring co-workers

    Cons

    Growing pains; lack of information flow through the corporate hierarchy (from top to bottom)


  10. "Great benefits, sometimes bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Sometimes organizational processes and systems felt weighed down and overly bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency on decision drivers.


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