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United Nations Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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António Guterres
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  • "It was unfortunately an unpaid internship" (in 35 reviews)

  • "hard to get a full-time position" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Youth Rep UN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations part-time

    Pros

    - Good work environment
    - Networking
    - Renowned

    Cons

    They do not pay stipend

  3. "Good place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, prestige, multi-cultural and very friendly place.

    Cons

    Career progressions are slow and I know staff how is at the same place for years.


  4. "Overall positive"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission, great benefits, good people

    Cons

    Difficult internal politics, funding constraints

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to be unpopular sometimes - that’s a part of great leadership too


  5. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    it is a really horizontal organization

    Cons

    it is a slow paced environment


  6. "associate information officer-photographer"

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    Current Employee - Photographer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Photographer 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

    it is a decent job but the organization is just so bureaucratic that it is a struggle to keep positive. The atmosphere in the NYC HQ's is just dismal.

    Cons

    It is not a merit-based system for staff members. In fact, it seems like ideas are shot down if not thought-up by the bosses. They come up with some brainless ideas and that is beyond frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing can be done to improve the UN. JFK said that if the UN didn't exist they would have to invent one. Well, they need to design a new and decent organization and the only way to do that is to start totally anew.


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment with tremendous opportunities for growth

    Cons

    A bit protocol heavy, and process heavy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Internship UN Secretariat"

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

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, good way to gain insight and future careers options (consultancies etc), extremely intercepting and unique organisation, internationally staff

    Cons

    Slow processes, unpaid internships, difficult to get entry level jobs,


  9. "Meetings Services Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Long lunch breaks, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, slow to make changes. Difficult to move to Professional level from general services.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "It's a joke"

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    Current Employee - Political Affairs Officer
    Current Employee - Political Affairs Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Salary is fair, if not bloated and the entitlements are decent, if not slightly unfair considering that most staff is really incompetent.

    Cons

    Basically we are tricking the world into thinking that things can and will change, while robbing most countries blind, to pay very lazy, entitled and often psychopathic individuals who would never be able to make it in the real world.

    Advice to Management

    Create a system where people who consistently obstruct and underperform can be fired and replaced. You may find that by getting rid of the dead weight you will be able to actually do something with less, but more competent staff.


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