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United Nations Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  • it's an unpaid internship where you learn as much as you want to (in 26 reviews)

  • It is impossible to be a full time employee (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer in the UN"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting people from diverse backgrounds. Salary is fair

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. It is difficult to implement anything innovative or cutting edge. Some managers who have been there for a long time are dictatorial. It is difficult to get promoted.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, Mediocre People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits
    Above Average Salaries
    Great Experience
    Name Power for Resume Building

    Cons

    Lack of training for staff
    Beauracracy running wild
    Nepotism and Corruption
    Complacent Management
    No Job Security
    Terrible recruitment processes
    No individual promotion scheme

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the entire HR system and stop rehiring former staff with old mentalities

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits! Health insurance rocks even though we have to pay a portion it is still way better than majority private companies! You get to meet people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Slowwwwww. Everything moves at a snail's pace when you first arrive. Typical government office in this respect. A lot of hoops to jump through to even just get supplies.

    Advice to Management

    Help speed up the settling in process


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Global problem solving and humanitarian assitance.

    Cons

    Dominated by western countries and can be patronizing in outlook


  5. "IT Interns"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Nice working environment. Almost no office politics.

    Cons

    No Salary, Not even free coffee


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The old grey mare"

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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

    I can still remember a time when working for the United Nations would impress most listeners. (Just have a look at the classic film, 'North by Northwest' to see how the organisation was once perceived.) Despite its steady, but unmistakable decline, I can truly say that on some occasions I managed to do some good.

    Cons

    The overwhelming shift to peace operations has taken its toll, not only on staff, but also on expectations. The UN neither is nor can be the world's policeman. In fact, it has become almost totally ineffective as the competition among the five permanent members of the Security Council has left it paralysed in addressing its most pressing challenges. Turf-protection and institutional rivalries have made the concept of 'One UN' a joke to all but the most gullible wishful thinkers inside its agencies, funds and programmes. The administrative staff, whose existence is supposedly intended to free up those doing the substantive work from the crushing bureaucratic burden of such a large entity, have become a self-perpetuating and egocentric body that generally responds with disdain, at best.

    Advice to Management

    Carry out the long-discussed reforms. Eliminate the wholly unnecessary and self-serving Department of Field Services (an oxymoron) and streamline common services across the UN. The bloated and self-absorbed bureaucracy not only frustrates those who would like to see the UN succeed, but also offers the best possible ammunition top those who seek its demise.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "None"

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

    Pros

    Stability and extensive work experience

    Cons

    Too many levels of reporting. Slow in getting things done at the too level.

  8. "Great place to work, mostly due to benefits. Health insurance is quite good"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, but the benefits are really good. 18 days of vacation per year. Education grant is also good.

    Cons

    A lot of burocracy, as expected. Contracts can be very short, so you have to be used to a por of uncertainty.


  9. "Head of Strategic Movement Unit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    People positive in a team oriented setting. Work hard as team player or leader anytime day or night. Have a can do mentality. Well travelled globally and work in emergency management countries and situations with international teams. Enjoy result minded teams and goals supporting the company agenda.

    Cons

    I have a difficult time with managers who has no apparent clue of how to manage people, situations or make on the spot decisions and stick to them.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to support those who say "yes" I will go into any situation to make it happen not because of any other reason than personal professional satisfaction over political or due to being friends of the supervisor. Communicate with the team daily-show them you care about their personal lives, families and work situations if you want overall support and professional output from team members or individual staff. You have to be "FAIR" where and when you cannot be "EQUAL."


  10. "United Nations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Working for a great cause. Great work culture.

    Cons

    Getting a job is very difficult. Work life balance can be a struggle.


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