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United Nations Reviews

Updated August 17, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to retire"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager (G Staff Working On P Level) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager (G Staff Working On P Level) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Nations (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, excellent if you are an international staff. Unmatched benefits. They pay 2/3rds for your kids university. Double your pension contribution after being there a while.
    Unmatched work life balance. You work 40 hours and get paid well for it.

    Cons

    Highly inefficient. Depending on the department, there is a serious lack of quality in personnel. Bureaucratic and boring. Cannot really measure impact of work.

    Advice to Management

    Change the G to P process. Allow high performing G staff to become a P staff if they are performing the functions. You lose a lot of exceptional young minds because of such inefficient rigidity.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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

    I worked at United Nations (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful international opportunities for hard working staff

    Cons

    a lot of work, hectic schedule, working with people could be hard

  3. "Bureaucracy and poor upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse crowd, nice people, a lot of leave days

    Cons

    Hard to advance, no foresight, bureaucracy, terrible planning, pay isn't great if you are an american citizen (since you are not completely tax exempt)


  4. "good environment"

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

    Pros

    fancy experience and can make good connections

    Cons

    should pay their interns better


  5. "Fascinating work, very slow growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work, opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Very slow moving apparatus and difficult to move up through the ranks.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    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


  7. "None"

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    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

  8. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good on resumes, practical experience

    Cons

    Very political organisation, difficult to stay


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A mess with nice people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Greats benefits and diverse group to work with

    Cons

    Very disorganized, total dysfunctional beaurocracy


  10. Helpful (1)

    "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great atmosphere, nice and friendly people, great place........................

    Cons

    hard to get a full-time position. ...............................

    Advice to Management

    hire more people......................


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