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Pros
  • Great colleagues, diverse areas of work, great benefits (in 16 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits, good work-life balance, kind and caring co-workers (in 6 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. "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


  2. "Translator"

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, decent remuneration, freedom of location.

    Cons

    Very strict confidentiality and time restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    More exposure to talented translation and interpretation professionals is expected because the

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    "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.


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    "Cleaning up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    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.


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    "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
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    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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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    "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    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.


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    "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.


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    "Awesome experience"

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    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!


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