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World Food Programme Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
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Pros
  • "Awesome dev team, work envinronment and work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Dynamic, sometimes innovative work environment at Regional Office, colleagues are great and very proffesional" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Job Security is highly dependent on Country Director Vision" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Service Contracts have no benefits and may never be converted to fixed term contracts" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "M&E Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Food Programme full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission and dedicated staff. I had some of the most rewarding working relationships both inside and outside of work with my fellow WFP colleagues. WFP hires young, bright, talented, and progressive staff.

    Cons

    Not very family-friendly. You are expected to go anywhere the organization sends you. Little regard for individual needs; the needs of the organization come first. Management practices are also quite poor.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in building management capacity and policies better oriented to promoting staff development.


  2. "Programme Policy Officer"

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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 World Food Programme full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work WFP does is truly on the front line to helping those in dire emergencies.

    Cons

    People don't care about your growth within the agency and make few accommodations for people with small children. There are HUGE sexism issues, and it often feels like an old boys' club.

  3. "Mixed thoughts, all-in-all just an "OK" place to work"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + Of UN organizations, one of the orgs that actually gets things done
    + Some committed, passionate co-workers
    + Get to travel a lot, particularly to unusual places

    Cons

    - Still a UN organization bogged down with bureaucracy and inefficiency
    - Has more hardship/emergency duty stations than most other UN agencies
    - Promotion is slower than some other UN agencies

    Advice to Management

    HR practices need to be changed to attract and retain committed and talented workers.


  4. "Intern"

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

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time

    Pros

    global organization with wide reach

    Cons

    not much room for upward mobility


  5. "its good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ore, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ore, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good place to start. wide array of talent. good people to work with. decent atmosphere most of the time.

    Cons

    strict hours during summer slow down. commute can be hard at times especially during rush hour and with the hours being all over the place


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Logistics Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Food Programme full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Posibility to access with food aid to needed people worldwide and with development projects to ensure their livelihood health and nutrition rights.

    Cons

    lack of funding due to unexpected external events that restrain the service efforts in favour of chikdren, women and elder people mainly.

    Advice to Management

    get the neccesary competent team to work in a good work environment which will guarantee the fullfillment of objectives and plans elaborated.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Wonderful mission"

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    Current Employee - Communications
    Current Employee - Communications
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm proud to work for a place making such an impact on the world.

    Cons

    Low salary, especially as a consultant. I can feel very small in such a big organization.

    Advice to Management

    There are tons of consultants doing really important work--there should be more opportunities to grow from those roles.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience, but only if you know the right people"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Authority on food security in the world, opportunities to go to the field for those who are seeking.

    Cons

    Terrible HR; consultants are given no job security, benefits or incentives; no emphasis on employee development; arbitrary promotion process.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining your talent! You're losing the best people because you refuse to get rid of money sucking, deadweight P and D staff, and the consultants (mostly young people) are paying a huge price, and as a result, leave.


  9. "Great ambience and great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Food Programme part-time

    Pros

    Good work load and interesting

    Cons

    Nothing reall, all went very well


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Programme Policy Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ankara (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ankara (Turkey)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well-established international system, excel in logistics, powerful mandate and supportive functions, substential complamentarities with livelihoods and different clusters

    Cons

    Every employer and workplace has cons but pros at WFP are larger


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