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United Nations Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "United Nations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Best people to work with in the world.

    Cons

    Slow movement of negotiations and work.


  2. "Assistant"

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

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Pension still exists. 2:1 matching. Benefits are great..never had a problem. up to 60 PTO days a year. Can't beat it.

    Cons

    TOO MUCH RED TAPE. If you like kissing up or rubbing elbows with your superiors in order to get ahead, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are flexible with the staff the build a relationship with. Senior management should get more in tuned with the general service staff

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Chief in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Chief in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -high motivation
    -overall a lot of good people

    Cons

    -the red tape is just made of leather
    -risk averse
    -limited career possibilities
    -constant nepotism
    -weak leadership

    Advice to Management

    Good luck Mr. Gueterres


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Program Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Get work at the United Nations doing really interesting work with interesting people.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get full time employment and they will take advantage of your contract status as long as you allow them to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  5. "Very nice place to work in!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High platform; people are nice

    Cons

    administrative process is a bit slow


  6. "Water and Sanitatio Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Water/Wastewater Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Water/Wastewater Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PwC has good reputation,Also to gain and share my experience

    Cons

    Bad work environment,experience gain is less compare to working period,no capacity building

    Advice to Management

    Be professional,Avoid discrimination of race,religion,and all other kind's of discriminatory acts.


  7. "Great experience, but very limited scope for change"

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    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open and good staff

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic nature of work makes it impossible to advance the most simple of tasks

    Advice to Management

    More national staff

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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

    I worked at United Nations (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefit Good Hours Mentoring

    Cons

    everything is good so far


  9. 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.


  10. "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


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