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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated September 7, 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)

    "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


  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 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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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


  5. 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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Good workplace morale, tone-deaf leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The organization does lots of little things to help employees feel valued and supported

    Cons

    Executive leadership pays lipservice to listening to lower level staff but ultimately barrels ahead on what they want to do, even when advised otherwise by other staff and consultants

    Advice to Management

    Narrow focus of mission, actually listen to your employees concerns

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Working at UNF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowie, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UNF is very generous with their benefit package

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in Sr. Management. Lack of transparency.


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Good benefits but not much else"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: excellent health insurance, vacation and personal days, transport allowance and retirement plan.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the beautiful building and the fancy conference rooms. Sadly, this place has not lived up to it's expectation. While UNF has a noble mission of achieving the SDGs, however, the way they treat their staff doesn't leave much to be desired.

    I think my biggest gripe with UNF is their lack of transparency, integrity and honesty in how they treat their employees. There is nothing egalitarian about UNF. Senior management is extremely hierarchical; some of the projects housed under UNF don't really have an on-boarding process, people work all hours of the day and night; senior directors and, and those that are friends with the senior leadership are treated differently than the rest of the staff. Those who have the right connections can get away with murder while the rest can get penalized for even the smallest mistake. There is little to no mentorship, some supervisors look for opportunities to sabotage their supervisees instead of mentoring them or helping them succeed. There is no performance improvement plan for employees to follow at UNF.

    Advice to Management

    Create accountability and transparency. Treat people you hire with respect. It would be nice for UNF to actually show impact by doing things, rather than only focusing on communications and PR.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "great benefits, positive work culture"

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

    Pros

    great benefits, positive work culture

    Cons

    bureaucratic and overly focused on communications as opposed to substantive work

    Advice to Management

    focus more on contributing to tangible outcomes and tracking these outcomes through solid metrics, instead of PR


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