UNCTAD Reviews

Updated 31 Dec 2020

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3.4
62%
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UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi
Mukhisa Kituyi
7 Ratings
  1. "Staff at UNCTAD are so cosseted"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UNCTAD

    Pros

    As with other UN organisations, the rates of pay at UNCTAD are pretty good, and there is an impressive 'local posting' adjustment which normally means that you don't need to draw on your actual salary at all. There are almost endless perks to the job - special allowances for this or that are always being paid, and naturally everything is tax-free also. Holidays are generous and pensions in line with salary scales. Working at the UN headquarters in Geneva means there is a regular round of social functions to attend, and of course there is a heavily subsidised and excellent staff restaurant, overlooking Lake Geneva, besides various club rooms and other facilities such as a health centre and duty-free shop. Hours of work are very relaxed - people arrive anytime up to 1000 and start to head for home promptly at 1700. Other staff members are generally most charming and intelligent.

    Cons

    Occasionally longer hours of work may be expected when a report deadline is approaching. Geneva is a very expensive city for rent and eating out, but the staff allowances are such that this is never a problem.

  2. "fully recommended"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Full Stack Developer in Tallinn
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNCTAD full-time

    Pros

    get to see the world. get to make a difference.

    Cons

    Not as much vacation time probably.


  3. "Good to learn about UN bureaucracy for a limited time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economic Affairs Officer in Geneva
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UNCTAD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexibility of work - Ability to conduct independent work, with no time constraints - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Unmotivated colleagues, with no consideration of timelines - Superiors have no management skills

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Got cope with the egos, but good experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Geneva
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNCTAD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary scale, working conditions, living in Geneva

    Cons

    Human resources rules apply randomly. Lack of transparency

  5. "OK"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at UNCTAD full-time

    Pros

    there is good job security

    Cons

    not much mobility within the organization

  6. "UNCTAD consultant"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNCTAD full-time

    Pros

    High level work, diverse workplace

    Cons

    Slow pace, little opportunity for consultants to become staff

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  7. "Very old school managment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Geneva
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNCTAD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, international exposure and international trips.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of innovation.

  8. "Worst place to be as a young professional"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UNCTAD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fascinating work content (trade and development issues) in a relatively informal and interactive environment. Can be great if you are a researcher, provided that you "land" in the right place and you manage to retaliate your own space.

    Cons

    You will have to deal - on a hourly basis - with a highly hierarchical and beaurocratic organization, where politics constantly permeates everything you do. Red tape plays a prominent role too. Forget about promotions or post advancements, unless you are female, have a developing country nationality, and a manager who gives you the space and visibility you deserve (in my experience - multiple assignments in 3 different teams/divisions - far from common). Obscure recruitment processes and 70s-style, purely administrative human resources management.

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  9. "Great experience, huge room for improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNCTAD part-time

    Pros

    Diversified work force Wide array of outputs Part of the UN system, which a lot of people dream to work for Diplomatic benefits

    Cons

    Work Life balance is very disturbed during councils and meetings Decision making only made at highest level Low level of empowerment to lower ranked professionals Slow career progression

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating place to work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNCTAD

    Pros

    Nice views of the mountains

    Cons

    Not much emphasis on process, rigor, critical thinking. Very little impact on the outside world.

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