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3.9
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92%
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António Guterres
70 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learnt a lot of new stuff related to the peace keeping missions around the world(in 41 reviews)

  • "Culturally diverse with good benefits and work-life balance(in 39 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Correspondence Intern"

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      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.

    • "God help you if you're sexually harassed"

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      Former Employee - Communications Specialist in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at United Nations full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Good money, interesting work depending on the department

      Cons

      Very little HR oversight, toxic work environment.

    • "Nation United is a pretty much good place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at United Nations full-time

      Pros

      It helps you to improve and grow in your field

      Cons

      It is a commission based jobs and thats

      Advice to Management

      This job should not be a commission based job only!

    • Helpful (2)

      "The entire UN system needs reform"

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      Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at United Nations full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      The United Nations promotes the highest of ideals with a purposeful and essential mission. You will have a nice salary and excellent benefits as a professional staff member, but unfortunately young staffers and contractors have little job security. You may also be lucky enough to have incredible colleagues from all over the world, and a select few are doing the best they can to help implement positive reforms in a mostly...

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      Cons

      Mostly incompetent middle managers and even some senior staff, little to no job security for consultants and contractors which are heavily overused, excessive wasteful spending, paralyzing bureaucracy, little accountability and transparency, slow recruitment process with little to no feedback if you’re lucky enough to get any at all, political dysfunction largely due to member states, hundreds of harassment cases every...

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      Advice to Management

      Completely reform all HR policies and practices, speed up recruitment process by using talent pools, recognize and reward high performers, fire chronic abusers and incompetent senior managers, bring in external talent instead of recycling incompetent leaders, transform the toxic culture, bring in an external consulting company and reform the entire system from top to bottom.

    • Helpful (2)

      "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
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 4 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

    • "Data Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves 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.

    • Helpful (3)

      "A Culture of Hierarchy, Favoritism and Willful Ignorance"

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

      I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 9 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...

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    • Helpful (1)

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

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

      I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 20 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"

    • "An impact but frustrating in the longer run"

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        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

      • "Officer"

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

        I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 20 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.

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