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United Nations Reviews

Updated January 21, 2018
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  • unpaid internship in an expensive city (in 38 reviews)

  • It is impossible to be a full time employee (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Finance Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Satisfying to work for an international organization

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times


  2. "Expert, Panel if Experts North Korea"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenges and opportunities to gain experience
    International engagement and interaction with the international community
    Prestige and credibility
    Travel opportunities
    Work Conditions and support
    Sense of community

    Cons

    Short term contracts for consultants
    Lack of work perks and unequal privileges compared to staff
    Visa requirements
    Late payment of final salary

  3. "Full time worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful job. Fits my purpose.

    Cons

    HR is not always honest and transparent .

    Advice to Management

    To give Staff Members honest feedback and help them improve.


  4. "Free Labor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    global working environment in a non-profit organization

    Cons

    not get paid; sometimes long working hours


  5. "Department of Economic and Social Affairs"

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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

    learn the precision and professionalism

    Cons

    little slow, very little career opportunities inside of the orgnization

    Advice to Management

    I guess due to the complex relations between member countries, it is hard to be as quick as a private company


  6. "Best Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work and growth opportunities

    Cons

    There are no Cons with this organization


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are nice to you

    Cons

    The internship is unpaid unfortunately

    Advice to Management

    Pay the interns

  8. "United Nations career path"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Management Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer Management Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in a multi-cultural environment.
    Good health insurance.
    Vacations and sick days policy.
    Career Development

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic . Slow process (rhetoric nature) of getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Please change CEO is not Ban ki-moon since 1 January 2017. Now is Mr. Antonio Guterres


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People there are really nice and diverse

    Cons

    Low work efficiency for a huge organization


  10. Helpful (3)

    "United Nations Scam"

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    Former Employee - Video Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Video Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work for decent pay.

    Cons

    Politically left leaning anti-American culture with organization corruption and abuse of power. It's a place for losers to feel like winners by championing the poor. Most people there are about the personal advancement within the Politburo.

    Advice to Management

    Get a life!


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