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United Nations Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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António Guterres
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  • unpaid internship in an expensive city (in 32 reviews)

  • Unpaid, limited opportunities for full time positions (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Nice experience"

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

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment, possibility to attend high-level meetings

    Cons

    Unpaid, limited opportunities for full time positions


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent employer"

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

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Exciting challenges in international politics, highly motivated and capable colleagues, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    slow processes and a lot of bureaucracy, as in all large organizations/companies

  3. "If you believe in multilateralism, this is the place to work"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven, interesting and meaningful work, partnering with finest organizations, learning international diplomacy, exposure to international policy making and negotiations

    Cons

    Extreme bureaucracy, admin is very dysfunctional, still very European and Northern donor oriented, not truly evolved to be relevant to the reality of the 21st century, and under resourced

    Advice to Management

    Member states, please be open to multilateralism.


  4. "Decent, but be careful with taking G level positions"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Management Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer Management Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure, bolster administrative skills, research skills, flexibility

    Cons

    Growth can be limited and hard to achieve, being taken on fixed term


  5. "All depends in who you work with...."

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    Current Employee - Public Information Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Public Information Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary & Pension. Work can be meaningful. You can meet "some" amazing people.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic. Not mother friendly environment.


  6. "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff , Nice work culture, good pay

    Cons

    Things move slowly, There is slow procedure to follow when you are onboarded


  7. "Great Experaince"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Trainer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    upported and helped in change management in a transition period between two systems.
    • Developed online guidelines for dealing with the new system.
    • Attended staff and diplomatic meetings and worked closely with top diplomatic UN personnels.
    • On floor support for each UN department to solve problems and support transitions.

    Cons

    unpaid internships
    very stressful
    Law employment oppourtunites

  8. "Telecommunications Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits provided to the employee

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and difficulty transitioning from one level to the other.

    Advice to Management

    Remove career growth bottlenecks


  9. "Technical Analyst"

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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

    Good people & management.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to list.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Information systems Engineer"

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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

    Humanity and the willingness to serve in challenging missions and to work with diversity remains the greatest incentive in taking task as an international civil servant In Organization like the United Nations

    Cons

    The strong culture and it complexity remains it greatest challenge. The risk involve with tasks especially in war infested countries might make you rethink the decision to serve

    Advice to Management

    Regardless of background of the individual, there is a virtue In championing the field of human service and that humility couple with knowledge can make such individuals an organisation asset


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