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United Nations Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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António Guterres
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  • unpaid internship in an expensive city (in 29 reviews)

  • It is impossible to be a full time employee (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Finance Officer"

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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

    Cultural diverse, great environment, work life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, upward mobility/ promotions take time


  2. "Interning at UN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great expeierence and you are involved with international affairs

    Cons

    - The internship schemes are unpaid

  3. "Waiting for reform"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    diversity in the workplace; opportunity to work in vastly different environments; unusually favourable employee benefits and pension rights

    Cons

    antiquated structure and operations; resistance to change; Peter Principle in full vigour; low job security; opaque hiring and promotion practices; idealism soon frustrated

    Advice to Management

    undertake the reform soon or lose what little donor support remains; btw, Glassdoor, Ban Ki-moon left a long time ago---update your survey


  4. "Mail clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Sorting , labeling ,

    Cons

    None at all enjoyed the job


  5. "Internship at United Nations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    I definitely learned a lot

    Cons

    Even as an intern, I could observe the bureaucracy within the organization.


  6. "Great place to work for"

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    International, diverse, and multicultural work environment

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can come up with


  7. "Good experience"

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and multi-cultural environment; opportunities to attend meetings and to make new connections; great supervisor from whom I've learnt a lot

    Cons

    unpaid internship in an expensive city

  8. "Great organization"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A unique experience of working in a multicultural organization of that scale. Offers an exceptional opportunity to see the largest organization of the world from an insider perspective.

    Cons

    Doesn't offer paid internships in such an expensive city as New York

    Advice to Management

    Consider funding internships programs


  9. "Incredible Atmosphere"

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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

    The United Nations is a diverse group of human beings working together to make the world a better place for citizens of every country. The employees here care about making an impact.

    Cons

    Funding is an issue that prevents long term positions.


  10. "Horrible place"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -International staff, language classes, benefits

    Cons

    -Low workload, endless bureaucracy, ineffective and lazy management


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