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United Nations Reviews

Updated 22 Jul 2019

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4.0
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82%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
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António Guterres
85 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working environment is highly diverse(in 87 reviews)

  • "really internationalised working environment, great work life balance, eye opening working experience and really nice and interesting colleges(in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpaid internship (as most of the UN system)(in 40 reviews)

  • "Internships are often unpaid and unlikely to translate into full time positions(in 30 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Security Safety Officer"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Share your knowledge,experience and skills to the United nations rural areas

    Cons

    I've heard that the United nations pay good money to their workers because of some of the demanding conditions they have been working in.

    Advice to Management

    If only the Management can deal every circumstances in every United Nation departments with a clear mind and diversity, then the world will be a better environment.

    United Nations2019-04-22
  2. "Systems Engineer/ Developer, IS Governance, Project Management, Business Process Management and Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Assistant in London, England
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging and enabling work. Allows a degree of autonomy for employees.

    Cons

    Cam be bureaucrat and political which may hinder innovation.

    United Nations2019-06-23
  3. "Administrative assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    gives enough time for career development

    Cons

    over less trainings offered to junior staff

    Advice to Management

    more emphasis should be put on training junior staff

    United Nations2019-02-22
  4. "Very short compared to UK context"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      16 weeks paid maternity leave

      Cons

      Compared to the UK context it is very short. It means returning to work when the child is barely 4 months if having used any pre-delivery leave. UK employment generally offers 6 months to 1 year paid leave (specifics of full or part pay can be found online). Costs of childcare in the UK are extremely high so it has an impact on return to work.

      Advice to Management

      Update your maternity leave policy to match the actual requirements of baby and mother, particularly in light of the current attention posed to UN gender equality.

      United Nations2018-07-08
    • "Internship"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at United Nations full-time

        Pros

        Friendly staff, nice atmosphere and interesting.

        Cons

        Slow pace of work, unreliable contracts.

        United Nations2018-04-27
      • "Best work and life balance"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I worked at United Nations

        Pros

        Be proud of contributing the global agenda. Project basis so not always being stressed with your performance.

        Cons

        Bureaucracy. Hard to change something very inefficient.

        Advice to Management

        Sometimes agility is key to adapt to the new circumstance.

        United Nations2017-10-28
      • "UNHCR"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

          I worked at United Nations for less than a year

          Pros

          Relaxed environment and interesting work

          Cons

          Bureaucratic, slow paced, and repetitive

          United Nations2015-10-30
        • "work"

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            Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I worked at United Nations

            Pros

            experience capacity building change future job

            Cons

            no paid but everything was good

            United Nations2015-10-12
          • "Excellent experience working with united nation . A dream come true."

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            Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Bournemouth, England
            Recommends
            Positive Outlook
            Approves of CEO

            I worked at United Nations full-time for more than 3 years

            Pros

            Diverse organisation. Lots of benefits and perks. Excellent learning environment Diverse people

            Cons

            No cons working with United Nations. Instead United Nations provide excellent learning and growth opportunities.

            United Nations2015-09-03
          • "Asst. Project Supervisor"

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              Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
              Recommends
              Approves of CEO

              I worked at United Nations

              Pros

              Great place, opportunity to be involved in social issues and make a real difference

              Cons

              Bureaucracy and too much travel

              United Nations2015-08-21
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