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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
  • 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. "Good place to work, boring"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable job, Employee protection, great benefits, great workspace

    Cons

    Boring work, very administrative, filled with red tape


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The senior leadership care more about making money than alleviating poverty."

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UNF is uniquely positioned at a nexus between private, public, and the UN. The company benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    The leadership has an authoritarian leadership style, in which they are not transparent about decision making and do not communicate. Entire departments and individuals have been fired at the drop of a hat with no explanation. This breeds a culture of fear within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees. Develop transparent hiring and promotions.

  3. "It is a dynamic, professional, and productive organization with a good foundation."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects include great Benefits, good work life balance, competent staff, and emphasis on innovation and initiative.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be a distant from the staff, lack of clear articulation of professional opportunities and high turnover among staff.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with staff, provide clarity and transparent guidelines on how to move up in the organization.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "great, deep, modern, but losing focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    progressive, wide ranging, creative, care about people.

    Cons

    losing its vision? not enough management (talent untapped, politics)

    Advice to Management

    manage. focus. core.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "OK interview"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, a lot of holidays, good pension fund, low stress, normal working hours. People who work at the UN are really helpful and relaxed.

    Cons

    There are no clear career paths. It seems that all depends on personal connections and how you place yourself among colleagues. There are not so much training and investment in the newly employed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your subordinates.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good organization and benefits, too hierarchical"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UN Foundation treats its employees well, including benefits, flexibility, and work-life balance. It is especially good if the team is strong. Find out who supervisor is since that matters most. Teams vary greatly within the foundation.

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical and one must get used to that. It is very formal for being a non-profit. There are certain people you are likely to never interact with if you are a lower level staff.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "flashy, expensive, UN-foundation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    young, hard working teams, creativity encouraged for certain departments

    Cons

    extravagant spending; no measurable impact; focused on marketing, not programming

  8. Helpful (2)

    "great place to work, good career launch pad"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    a very idealistic and enthusiastic workforce, well funded with many side perks (amazing happy hours, etc.). Several very interesting campaigns, and employees are generally very well educated and very nice.

    Cons

    some concerns about long-term sustainability after the end of Ted Turner's contributions; the shift from substantive work towards more campaign & fundraising efforts means the focus of the organization is shifting (this could be good or bad depending on your perspective). There is a culture of having a bit too much money to work with - problems are often addressed by throwing cash at them, rather than creative problem solving under fiscal constraints (although, the flipside would likely be much worse)

    Advice to Management

    The leadership is generally very supportive, however there is a definite sense of disconnect between realities on the ground and what the management seems to understand. There is definitely preferential treatment for different campaigns; but this seems to manifest less in bold leadership and more in slightly passive aggressive (and not entirely transparent) management. Also, the environment is a bit corporate - it would be nice to relax a little bit; might be able to attract more issue-oriented people that way who would otherwise be turned off by working at a place resembling a wall street bank.


  9. 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!


  10. "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


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