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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated February 9, 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
  • There is a remarkably high turnover rate (1-2 yrs) as well as a high lay off rate (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Digital Media in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started at UNF as an intern and was offered a full-time position after my internship finished. Working in the digital space we have always looked at the glassdoor reviews from time to time and as I am leaving I decided to rate my own job. I have really enjoyed my time, work and colleagues, the program I worked on was great and I personally believe I really made a difference - sad and hard to leave.

    Cons

    It's a shame that the foundation does not pay its interns anymore ( I was one of the last groups of paid interns).

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed my job and the team I worked with. Thanks for the benefits, Kathy Calvin is a great CEO.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I loved working at UNF, I was a Senior Associate and worked there for 3 years. Place in my opinion is awesome, fast paced, energetic and lots of fun. The place was BUSY and by that I mean you will have to run to keep up. Once I got myself aligned and knew what was expected of me I really enjoyed it. Learnt a TON about international development, made some great contacts and I will take that experience with me.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any, maybe if you are not quick enough to keep up it might be a bit frustrating?

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for 3 years, good luck in the future, I didn't know a whole lot about the UN before I started but know I feel like I have done a degree in UN studies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cleaning up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy working here, its busy, lots to do and more to learn. I have been here for around 7 years and have seen some changes. Lately a few bad managers have 'left' (mine was one of them) which is great, hopefully I will have a few more opportunities here.

    Cons

    Should have gotten rid of the bad managers long ago, having said that at least its done so lets get on with it.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have a lot of interaction with executive management. My NEW manager is great, pay is good, benefits are great.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Senior management overall very conscious of day to day work environment, creating an overall 'team' feeling, offering great benefits both tangible and intangible. But specific working conditions within individual departments or grant-funded projects vary wildly. Your mileage may vary depending on your department / project chief.

    Cons

    Some projects / groups better managed than others. Morale can be sky high in some groups, dead low in others. Cliquishness is a big problem in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Topmost level senior directors should look more closely at how staff are managed to ensure equality of treatment and opportunity.


  5. "Very competent team with impactful programs."

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Dynamic, open work environment
    - Well connected team in Washington and beyond

    Cons

    - Some lack of integration between projects

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to harmonize the efforts of various programs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to intern, depending on the department"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    UN Foundation has a lot going for it in terms of the intern experiece:
    Many opportunities to make substantive contributions.
    Variety of projects
    Company/Intern Bonding and Service Projects
    Good connections, friendly and supportive colleagues.
    PAID!

    Cons

    Very top-down structure, especially in decision making. Employee vs. Executive vision occasionally seemed to clash.
    Corporate atmosphere, especially for a non-profit

    Advice to Management

    Keep a more watchful eye on organizational culture.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The best job in the best organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The UN foundation is an amazing place, working daily with these people is indeed a privilege.
    I have worked in a few non-profits and other organizations and these guys do it right. The atmosphere is buzzing with good energy and the results these guys achieve are amazing.

    Cons

    Fast paced, make sure you can keep up!

  8. "Public Affairs Intern"

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

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    Wonderful people, help you with whatever you need, open to interns

    Cons

    None! I thought everything was wonderful


  9. "Great Working Environment"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to work with very passionate people and they often hire internally

    Cons

    Didn't really have many negatives. They were very flexible with the hours I worked because I was a full-time student.


  10. "Summer Intern Review"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Staff is friendly, great networking opportunities at events, and the office is incredibly beautiful for a foundation. They put on events specifically for interns, like a Peace Corps info session, and lunch with the President of UNF.

    Cons

    As an intern, I wish I had more opportunities to do long-term projects, instead I did a lot of smaller day to day projects. I wish that the internship had a stipend, or pay. You end up working more than 9-5 because of all the outside events, but I felt like working those optional events actually ended up being the best networking of the internship.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I would probably give is to provide a bit more support for interns coming from outside the DMV area. Maybe providing a packet with information on housing options in the DC area. Also, paying or providing a stipend would be nice.


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