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Updated January 17, 2019
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  • "It was unfortunately an unpaid internship" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Cannot be converted to full time" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Correspondence Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Feeling of contributing to great causes.

    Cons

    Not enough potential for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Expand entry-level position program.


  2. "Data Analyst"

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

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, you learn a lot from fellow coworkers, good perks.

    Cons

    A lot of politics involved.

  3. "Great place to work after having built sufficient work experience (not recommended for new and young professionals)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work in an international environment with colleagues from all around the world; good benefits; opportunity to work/ interact with high level government officials and high level people from other industries

    Cons

    Still pretty bureaucratic and there is a sense of hierarchy based on the position


  4. "A Culture of Hierarchy, Favoritism and Willful Ignorance"

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    Current Employee - Treasury Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Treasury Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Interacting with colleagues from across the globe.
    - Accumulation of leave days per month.

    Cons

    The nature of the organization fosters willful ignorance of problems and issues within a unit until problems reach a fever pitch and boil over. Even when this moment is reached a band-aid is put over the problem and it is never truly resolved. You also run into instances of those who talk the most and complain the loudest being the ones who don't pull their weight in any regard. Favoritism is ingrained in every moment you are in the building and the culture of hierarchy that exists means that the lower you exist on the ladder you will be treated as such.

    Finally for an organization that consists of staff from all corners of the world and all walks of life discrimination within the workplace is unfortunately a regular occurrence.


  5. "Full time employee in IT Field (20 years)"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some amazing experiences along the years, public relations work, emergency disaster and relief work, organizational modernization for foresee able future. Participation and contributing to causes for the benefit of all mankind

    Cons

    Lack of career advancements for staff, antiquated and obsolete HR policies, gross lack of business contingency and continuity planning, gross lack of compassion for staff well being, extremely bureaucratic, too much governed by member states.

    Advice to Management

    The greatest irony of it all is here is the only organization on the planet that is actively championing equality, human rights , progress of standards of living and the eradication of poverty for all mankind amongst other things, but in reality suffers from a gross lack of compassion or objectiveness for its own staff. Have the senior members ever heard of the phrase " Charity start from the home"


  6. "An impact but frustrating in the longer run"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Sense of impact, possibility to work in global current affairs and meet global leaders

    Cons

    Frustrating in the longer run


  7. "Officer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Amazing colleagues, interesting work.

    Cons

    Mobility is limited. Finding new opportunities is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Reform and overhaul HR policies.

  8. "UN Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on CV, important topics covered, great intern community, amazing city to work in

    Cons

    No pay in a city that is too expensive, elitist


  9. "Bloat at its worst"

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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

    Nice office, location, and some quality people

    Cons

    The management in UNHQ/DM is grossly unqualified and lack most basic office skills. The DM/ETS team is particularly out of place and incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  10. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    vocations, salary, social network, events, airport shortcut

    Cons

    less efficient, plays of power, repetitive,