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World Food Programme Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
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Pros
  • Relatively good salary and benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Very interesting, very busy, learned a lot (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • For consultants: Staff get the credit/recognition, benefits, and job security - You do all the work and then have to apply for your job every 11 months (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunity for entry to full-time employment is very restricted (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Good but less Growth prospects"

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    Former Employee - COnsultant Supply Chain in Rome (Italy)
    Former Employee - COnsultant Supply Chain in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Salary,Being a part of UN, social impact

    Cons

    Limited growth perspective, Contact employment


  7. "No opportunity for growth"

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    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Rome (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work, international environment, opportunities to learn new skiills

    Cons

    No growth opportunities for consultants, unfair pay scales and antiquated HR systems and staff prevent career progression

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucratic procedures in HR; review pay and benefit incentives to keep consultants, actually enforce performance management

  8. "Recommend esp at country of field level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time

    Pros

    Sub-country level (i.e. field operations) you'll have the opportunity to really see the impact of your work, in many cases.

    Cons

    Like all UN it is possible to feel more detached from the meaning of the work at HQ level - like most orgs in this respect though


  9. "Régional Network Infrastructure and Secu"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Network and SECURITY in Dakar (Cameroon)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Network and SECURITY in Dakar (Cameroon)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Food Programme full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International organisation - learning new skills- Emergency expérience - Cluster telecoms- travelling acros the World- contacts and challenge

    Cons

    Nous promotion - no transparent Recruitment - policie are not applied - many frustration - promotion not base on competency

    Advice to Management

    Promote compétent staffs


  10. "Programme Policy Officer"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Policy Officer in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Former Employee - Programmer Policy Officer in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)

    Pros

    Contribute to end hunger worldwide. Reach the zero hunger objective

    Cons

    Insecurity constraints in the field prevents the organization to reach food needy people in some locations

    Advice to Management

    Improve negotiations or coordination mecanisms with other UN Agencies in order to be efficient and effective


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