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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Pros
  • great benefits, positive work culture (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Managers are generally very out of touch, which results in extremely high turnover in certain departments (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management says they are working to improve this (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good workplace morale, tone-deaf leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "great benefits, positive work culture"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Independent and creative workers wanted"

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

    Pros

    Lots of independence and project management. Always doing new things. You get put in lots of exciting situations and even get to travel sometimes. Interesting and powerful work.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, little room for upward mobility and low attention from leadership.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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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

    UNF is a great place to work, I have been here for 4 years and the experience has been wonderful. The opportunity to see how international development has changed, and is changing, and to be at at organization that is at the cutting edge has really been great. With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals this month there is a huge amount of excitement about how UNF will be involved and help those in need. Keep it up!

    Cons

    No real cons come to mind, given other places I have worked, we are well provided for. Only con I can think of is the high price of rent in DC, but that's another story.

    Advice to Management

    Exciting times ahead, can't wait to hear more news about UNF and the Sustainable Development Goals.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Officer
    Current Employee - Senior Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working here for a couple of years, came across glassdoor as I anticipate my next move and decided to chime in. Firstly I feel that the June review oversteps the mark, sure there are a lot of personalities but nothing that could be defined as crazy. The culture is great, people are awesome and the department leaders are always open to talking to you about their areas of expertise. As someone who works in a very specific area I have learned so much about other departments. It's a very busy place, fast moving and exciting, which is great for me but I can see how it would not be for the feint of heart. You get out what you put in, and that's all I have asked for.

    Cons

    Location used to be in Dupont which was awesome, current location is probably better for business but not for social aspects. Office interior and technology are amazing however.

    Advice to Management

    Pls keep Friday's in August!


  9. "UNF Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UNF offers a competitive benefits package
    The Foundation recruits well, so the staff is talented
    The UNF name carries weight in Washington (and the non-profit space in general)

    Cons

    Professional development opportunities are somewhat limited, particularly for entry-level positions. Senior management says they are working to improve this.
    Depending on which team you work for, work/life balance can be hard to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Having a more formal process in place for professional development would be great. Offering support for classes and/or training is one option.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Pluses and Minuses"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Lots of vacation and other perks. Lots of travel for some positions. Offices very modern, up-to-date technology. Employees are passionate about their mission-oriented work.

    Cons

    Your happiness will depend on what team or campaign you work for. Some are faultless, absolutely superb. Others individuals are highly challenging, with certain senior staff not capable of being good managers. These few appear to be grandfathered in and they do not seem to receive internal career support to be better people managers. Ask the person you interview with about work-life balance. Some teams get it, others are buried under too much work.

    Advice to Management

    HR: You know who the problem managers are. Do something to address their short-comings. Understand that their reports are struggling to do good work despite their supervisor's attitude/craziness.


  11. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Even as an intern you get to meet and have discussions with influential people, whether they're in politics, other UN agencies, or in academic circles. People who work at UNF are generally nice, friendly and helpful. It's a great place to build contacts for future career placement.

    Cons

    The work can be high level at times, but this is the UN foundation, so that comes with the job.



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