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World Health Organization Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan
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Pros
  • Interesting working environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Very good work life balance, very friendly and good team, interesting projects with an impact, early responsibility under supervision (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • no pay, long hours, bias and expensive city to live in (in 4 reviews)

  • No pay for interns, sometimes the application process can be very ad hoc and involve you coming in at very short notice (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Officer, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic Disaster"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy workload
    Nice office location in DC
    Good vacation package
    Interns are the brightest people there

    Cons

    Deadweight managers
    Overload bureaucracy
    Lack of funding
    Rampant cronyism
    Employers only stay on the job for benefits and pension

    Advice to Management

    Hire bright, talented, and passionate individuals who care more about the organization's mission and less about their personal agendas. Stop spending money on workshops that have no real impact or at least measure if there's any impact.


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    "Irrelevant in a changing world (WHO-PAHO)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits if you are fixed staff (tax free salary, pension, health insurance, 6 weeks holiday);
    Great travel opportunities

    Cons

    Politics are more important than global public health;
    Widespread nepotism;
    Bureaucracy and political games when undergoing contract negotiations;
    There are no metrics to measure impact of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Stop complaining about lack of funding and focus on strategic goals to make the organization relevant again. Also, hire based on merit not politics or friendships. Please fire all the deadwood that travel the world giving the same presentations. And foster a collaborative work environment instead of a "why is this project important to my personal goals" mentality. Finally, update all your administrative processes to reflect the 21st century. You are WHO, please care about global public health--your mission is crucial to saving people.


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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

    -


  11. "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


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