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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated July 6, 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
  • Senior management says they are working to improve this (in 4 reviews)

  • Very top-down structure, especially in decision making (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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.

  3. 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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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


  6. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with friendly staff.

    Cons

    Internship stipends are not provided


  7. "Great place to work, with expected DC bureaucracy"

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    Former Contractor - Communications & Social Media Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Communications & Social Media Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience with a well-connected nonprofit and great missions to impact people around the world. In terms of working at a nonprofit, this has to be the upper echelon of all jobs. There are talented teams of very highly qualified individuals from around the world. A fantastic place to learn the ins- and -outs of all aspects of the global health, women's empowerment, social entrepreneurship, etc work you're interested in.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, with tight regulations that at times prohibit the creativity needed to achieve tangible results. As an organization, there is a weighted importance towards "stepping up the ladder" to advance, where it may be easier to go elsewhere to get experience and come back to get a promotion.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to the foundation and to UN agencies in DC. Well developed intern program includes lunchtime events with interns of other UN programs, led by professions in the fields of environmentalism, humanitarian/refugee efforts, development, etc. The offices are fancy and the other interns are fun!

    Cons

    Hard to integrate with teams other than your own. Unpaid internships only make it hard to live in DC. Do not expect a salaried position from your internship (but do expect networking opportunities).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns. They work hard!


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