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World Health Organization Reviews

Updated November 28, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good working environment and good people" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Very good work life balance, very friendly and good team, interesting projects with an impact, early responsibility under supervision" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also, internships are unpaid and Geneva is massively expensive" (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 6 reviews)

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  1. "Capacity-building"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Immunology Specialist
    Former Employee - Immunology Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Multi culturalism... Leadership skills built

    Cons

    None for this time now

    Advice to Management

    Allow leave for self study


  2. "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at World Health Organization full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with experts in public health and contribute to the development of international standards and guidelines

    Cons

    Lack of funding to provide job stability. There are more temporary and consulting positions available than permanent positions.

  3. "WHO work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Health Organization full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting lines of work, great knowledgeable personnel

    Cons

    Bureaucratic working environment, no career path


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "A meaningful summer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


  7. "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

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    "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


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    "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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  10. "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.