United Nations Reviews

Updated 7 Aug 2020

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres (no image)
António Guterres
131 Ratings
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  • "unpaid internship unless you have a university grant(in 58 reviews)

  • "No pay for interns, so think twice(in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Working at the UN"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations

    Pros

    Great benefits and great work life balance

    Cons

    Heavy beureocracy and rather slow process.

  2. "international consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    access to/opportunities to influence government officials hands on.

    Cons

    too many rules, no career development perspectives, job openings for permanent positions open reserved for insiders making lateral moves


  3. "Depends on where you're posted"

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

    I have been working at United Nations

    Pros

    As above. Things can get pretty good if you get to work with great people.

    Cons

    If you're posted to positions under dictators, things can get pretty rough.

  4. "Excellent employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in Istanbul
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity. Exciting work. Travel. Smart and interesting colleagues from everywhere.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about future. Need to rotate locations every few years.

  5. "Great experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Language Assistant 

    I worked at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and salary were great.

    Cons

    There were no cons in UN

  6. "Disillusioned"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Influence, objectivity, independence, terms & conditions

    Cons

    Lack of management skills at senior levels, gravy train syndrome with complete lack of focus on the mission

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  7. "Security"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adviser 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stability, good pay, great opportunities

    Cons

    Admin issues, slow promotion process

  8. "good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - HUMAN RIGHTS 

    I have been working at United Nations full-time

    Pros

    Gives the opportunity to work on Human rights protection

    Cons

    highly competitive and mostly require prior UN experience

  9. "Fair quality of life"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Management Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Nations full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good hours, quality of life, great colleagues

    Cons

    Shrinking space for everything, including opportunities for interesting work and advancement.

  10. "Seasoned UN manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Country Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Nations full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are opportunities to do extraordinarily work

    Cons

    There are structural impediments to carrying out said extraordinarily work.

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