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Updated February 13, 2018
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António Guterres
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  • unpaid internship in an expensive city (in 39 reviews)

  • hard to get a full-time position (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice environment.

    Cons

    Mobility is required. Not too stable.


  2. "Staff Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Feel proud to work for the UN. Love the diversity and how it opens your mind to worldwide causes and issues.

    Cons

    Common to see those who have been here for 20plus years and don’t like change. They are stuck in old fashion ways of doing things and technological skills are pretty awful. Some managers should be better role models and mentor their staff to become more motivated. There should be more manager professional development classes mandated for them.

    Advice to Management

    Be more cognizant about giving out work tasks verses personal tasks for your g-staff.

  3. "IT Officer"

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    Current Employee - IT Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects with a purpose.

    Cons

    Difficult to change things. Not a technology company.


  4. "A fast-paced environment with great learning opportunities that comes at a hefty price tag"

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on the unit to which you are affected:

    - Great learning experience
    - Maximum exposure to International Affairs
    - Multiple Networking Opportunities
    - Mentorship available to guide you through your internship
    - Ability to be lead on some projects
    - Exposure to very experienced and professional staff
    - Very active intern community

    Cons

    - It will cost you a kidney

    Advice to Management

    - Provide stipends for Metrocards+Lunch would be the bare minimum
    - Facilitate retention of talent post-internship for those not returning to academic life


  5. "fun"

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    Current Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, many benefits to it

    Cons

    No time for family engagements

    Advice to Management

    Pay them more, and give days off.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Internship"

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

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The UN takes its interns very seriously, we were actually making valuable contributions and given a lot of responsibility. There was so much potential for growth, great experience overall.

    Cons

    No chance of being offered a full time position after.


  7. "Administration"

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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 work is interesting, you are contributing to society.

    Cons

    When working with my current employer its by contract.

    Advice to Management

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  8. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a good organization

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted and move up.


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations part-time

    Pros

    Cosmopolitan experience with high end people

    Cons

    No stipend provided, have to manage on own


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Political Organisation that Constantly Looks the Other Way"

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    Former Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay at the international civil servant level is solid. Benefits are good. Generous 6 weeks of vacation. Depending on where you work, the hours may be family friendly.

    Cons

    Poor culture. Non-performers are tolerated. Few are enthusiastic about what they do. When you do more, you pick up the slack of others instead of advancing the good cause. Presence of energy suckers and indifferent brass lowers morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selfishly worrying about your seats. When meritocracy is an afterthought, the swamp gets swampier. You will keep the flies and frogs, but more and more good people will either leave or stop trying. In hiring and evaluation, more attention should be paid to character and moral qualities. This is the UN, after all, the organization charged with advancing the humanitarian cause. There's more to life than filling one's bank account. And as usual, it starts at the top. I understand that political nature favors kleptocracy and creates an untouchable class. But these people are only untouchable if you look the other way.


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