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United Nations Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  • it's an unpaid internship where you learn as much as you want to (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. "None"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grants Programmer Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grants Programmer Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work/ making a difference in the lives of so many, career growth opportunities, diversity of the organization, competitive salary and bonuses, internship opportunities, networking opportunities, renowned reputation

    Cons

    Difficult to land a fix term job. Difficulty in getting your foot in the door.. politics and loads of bureaucracy, inflexibility

    Advice to Management

    Creat more opportunities for young career professionals to make a difference.. less bureaucracy


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economic Affairs Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Economic Affairs Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Global impact, solid professional network, developing substantive research and producing policy guidance at international level on poverty eradication and sustainable development

    Cons

    Overwork, contractual fragility, managers come from countries all over the world with different organizational cultures and management styles what creates stress in the working environment

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and expedite hiring process

  3. Helpful (2)

    "UN Secretariat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting colleagues, fascinating work, excellent salary (for a bureaucracy) and benefits. Secretariat locations around the world provide opportunities for movement into tourist destinations.

    Cons

    Interesting colleagues, fascinating work, excellent salary (for a bureaucracy) and benefits. Movement and promotions can be difficult, particularly from one Department to another.

    Advice to Management

    Do not replace 50% or retirees. Reduce number of political appointees at the USG and ASG level and promote from within.


  4. "Worked at the UN for a 6 month internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interns are treated fairly and given a good amount of responsibility (at least I was) and the other staff members are friendly and listen to your input and opinions. Overall its a pretty good work enviroment.

    Cons

    Interns and unpaid and although staff listens to your input, you aren't necessarily given autonomy to solve problems in the best way you know how.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty approachable overall, but there is lots of red tape.


  5. "communications intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -interesting, diverse group of people

    Cons

    -nobody has no idea what they are doing
    -incredibly slow and dull work
    -demoralizing work


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you studied design, Art or something creative in school, stay away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Great benefits package and generally speaking, the people are awesome to work with. Easy to access by public transportation and not hampered by a lot of traffic unless it's General Assembly season.

    Cons

    The rules are too rigid and do nothing to help career advancement. In an organization that is supposed to value communication and diversity of ideas, it's pretty monotonous and not a lot of opportunities for creative people like designers or content creators. Those that hold these positions are stuck in the ways things were done when they joined the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your HR policies. It's the 2017 and the UN still operates like a 1950s organization. If you want to stay relevant, you have to be willing to change and that starts with the internal and institutional culture.


  7. "Not satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting people from all over the workd

    Cons

    low salary with high bureaucracy. Lots of funded projects but not effective approach

    Advice to Management

    hire right people with vision

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate economic affairs officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global perspective, international colleagues, lavish salary/benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, tedious work, organizational ineffectiveness

    Advice to Management

    Improve staff morale


  9. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Interesting job, challenging tasks, highly prepared colleagues

    Cons

    Burocracy, Senior Staff sometimes not prepared at all


  10. "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, nice benefits, great mission.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic, too difficult to move up through the system.

    Advice to Management

    Make entering the system easier.


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