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United Nations Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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António Guterres
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  • "It was unfortunately an unpaid internship" (in 37 reviews)

  • "hard to get a full-time position" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - CTED Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - CTED Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, professional, networking, social benefits and improving skills

    Cons

    posts can be all around the world, but this is also great if one is willing to travel and get to know new cultures, people and challenges


  2. "Great organization but things don't move fast enough"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting great people, working on great projects

    Cons

    Things don't move fast enough - a BIG BIG bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Make things move faster

  3. "Administrative Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    At its core, the UN is a humanitarian organization and it is an honorable profession if one can ignore the politics and bureaucracy. It pays well and the benefits are good, especially for professional staff members. It's an exciting organization to work for, especially in the field or for peacekeeping missions.

    Cons

    Very difficult to enter into the system without knowing anyone on the inside. Often times vacancies posted are done so because it is a HR requirement. The majority of the positions are already meant for a particular individual.


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of vacations days; working as an international civil servant is fulfilling

    Cons

    bureaucracy; not enough opportunities for admin level staff


  5. "Best environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    - people
    - social events

    Cons

    - technology is completely outdated


  6. "Intern to Hire"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Experience in the international sphere.

    Cons

    Not just a 9-5 type job but worth it.


  7. "Best Coffee shop ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything About this place is amazing

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say.

    Advice to Management

    Great Management

  8. "UN"

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    Current Employee - Political Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Political Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I chose to work at the UN because I wanted to feel as if I'm doing my share of improving the world

    Cons

    There's a lot of bureaucracy involved to appease the powers that be

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing our jobs: maintaining international peace and security


  9. "Bureacratic mayhem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, but ultimately too sleepy.

    Cons

    Horrible bureacracy and no one cares.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Greatest opportunities for foreign nationals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are top of the line, outstanding. Even better if you're a foreign national and not an American citizen who gets a permanent staff position - then the UN will pay for your housing, kids' daycare/private school/college/university tuition as well. You also have access to take classes to learn one of the many UN official languages.

    It's a widely recognized institution doing massive amounts of work around the globe.

    You'll forget what country you are working in because all coworkers are international. You hear more than three different spoken languages all around you every day. It's truly an international environment and it's very unique in this way.

    The UN walks the talk - all agencies provide paid leave for new parents in some form and length, including those who adopt children, they also have extensive AIDS/HIV awareness and training for all employees which is mandatory... in all human rights related issues, their HR policies tend to match what they preach.

    Cons

    The environment, like a government institution (but larger), can become very political. It's not always the healthiest working environment in certain offices if the management is not empowering or if there are power grabbers. This is so dependent on the management, unit and agency within the UN. But in general, I learned there are a lot of people who are working long hours - especially the higher you go in level - and have developed bad work/life balance. There are also rumors of many higher-ups having developed drinking problems, but that is really up to the individual, because the UN offers really great health insurance, opportunities to join sports clubs within the network and even short term therapy for those who seek it.

    For being an international and diverse organization, there is very little training on cultural awareness and competency. There are many personnel conflicts as a result of miscommunication, cultural differences in understanding or expectations of norms... what you'd expect when people from all nations come together and try to work on the same project with completely different cultural attitudes and norms.

    Americans have to figure out paying US taxes as the liaisons between the UN system and the IRS - it is the biggest pain in the butt you can imagine. And because the UN pays all federal and state taxes, any reimbursements go back to them - which works out okay, but they also get any reimbursements you get from deductions or credits you receive from spending your own money in certain programs, like educational expenses. You also need to submit your own quarterly estimated social security, medicare taxes to the IRS and figure out the balance during tax season - usually last-minute because the UN Tax office doesn't send you the paperwork until the last few weeks before the deadline to file and then physically drop off tax paperwork to them in person to get a reimbursement check through them to pay whatever you were short... basically, it sucks to be an American citizen working at the UN in NYC.

    They could be better with their telecommuting and flex hours programs.

    Advice to Management

    Do not micromanage, overwork or under-appreciate your employees, especially your unpaid interns. Highly recommended that you regularly take time to bond and have fun with your teams, as well as create opportunities to learn cultural competency to maintain a high level of respect for each other in every unit.


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