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World Health Organization Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan
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Pros
  • Great opportunity to network with people all over the world who are passionate about working in Public Health (in 6 reviews)

  • Interesting working environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No clear career path for software/computer engineers (in 4 reviews)

  • There is no financial assistance available for interns (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time

    Pros

    Good Understanding of the public health issues and learning.

    Cons

    Can be Bureaucratic - Difficult to get a promotion. No performance based promotions


  2. "Technical Officer, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases"

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    Former Employee - Technical Officer in Geneva, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Officer in Geneva, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team environment, engaging and fast paced environment, ability to contribute to development agenda via management of noncommunicable diseases work plan.

    Cons

    Poor stability and long term commitment to staff. Due to changing commitments from donors, it may sometimes be difficult to plan long term for your contract.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "A meaningful summer"

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

    Pros

    Can be part of the real work
    International, friendly coworkers
    Great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Not paid
    Some interns do not do any meaningful work

    Advice to Management

    I understand that it might be hard to pay interns. However, at least free lunch can be provided.


  4. "Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great learning experience; ability to work on a wide variety of projects; access to a lot of very interesting topics and people who are doing amazing things

    Cons

    - Internships fly by, take initiative


  5. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and good place to work - I mean it's the WHO what more can I say?

    Cons

    But still HR system is very experience based. if you want to work here, you need to work somewhere else at least 10 years


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Summer intern"

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people, exposure to international organization atmosphere, way more sufferable than the UN. You learn as much as the amount of effort you put in.

    Cons

    Unpaid, as with most Geneva internships. Still a level of bureaucracy to navigate, and of course there's limitations to what can actually be implemented. Your experience also depends on your team and supervisor.

    Advice to Management

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  7. "Great for starting a caree"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Assist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Procurement Assist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Health Organization (More than a year)

    Pros

    gives a great prospactive on how to mangae daily work, the orgnization will be laying down on the youth to complete the task ... which will give you the opertunity to grow fast .... 2 Years will worth big time experiance.

    Cons

    SSA contract, LICA ............... Staff but not under HR.......... if a FTA,CA, ........... but i would go for anything

    Advice to Management

    fundrising compaign, empower,capacity building to the Admin side will give great result.
    HR need alot of intervenstion.

  8. "Worth of going"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Layers of bureaucracy may slow down any decision making process.

    Cons

    Surrounded by like-minded co-workers and managers


  9. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary, reputable organization, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, not strong support


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to work with a couple of different projects. Fresh ideas were welcomed. Introduced to various official people working in various departments. Excellent mentors.

    Cons

    Red tape or excessive bureaucracy.


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