I found it quite demotivating to work here. Work innovations weren’t valued as there is quite a bit of resistance to change. Quite a few of our male colleagues displayed misogynistic behavior. Several contractors and consultants went many months without getting paid without any sort of apology or sympathy from people in my office.
Support from management
No. I didn’t have regular coaching or feedback meetings with my supervisor and was never even officially on boarded.
Because of the uncertainty in everyone’s contracts, it seemed as if it was everyone for themself, which doesn’t encourage team work.
Freedom to work independently
Depends on your supervisor, like any other office.
Communication was abysmal. We went through one of the biggest lay offs with almost no communication that it was occurring. Consultants would ask where their owed payments were and were met with radio silence.
Women were paid the least, looked over for prolotions, not listened to, and objectified.
Attitude towards older colleagues
There are a log if people over tge age of 45 and they are looked upon with respect and their opinions were revered.
Non-existent. No clear career paths and promotions weren’t based on merit.
Overall compensation for your work
If there’s one thing the UN does well is compensate it’s staff.
Office / Work Environment
They recently renovated the workspace. No complaints.
Didn’t encourage printing emails or documents, had several water fountains that displayed how many plastic bottles were being saved, recycling bin at every desk.
Work life balance was fine and they do offer good benefits (e.g. sick leave and maternity/paternity leave)
Only my reputation of the name I don’t feel like I got anything else out of the experience.
Ramps, elevators, wide hallways, and handicapped bathroom stalls.
There were several drills and safety trainings offered to staff (e.g. active shooter trainings)
The work was of varying levels of difficulty, but mainly mildly challenging. The most challenging aspect was getting buy-in.
Inclusive / Diverse
Diversity in nationalities.
Suggestions for improvement
- Valuing people’s time by paying contractors on time, looking and providing feedback on work products that you’ve requested others to complete, being transparent and open regarding decisions from upper management
What I like about the company
Some of my female colleagues were excellent, smart, and talented. I think there are some genuinely good people there, but the system does not support their growth.
What I dislike about the company
Hiring and promotions should be merit based. I also think it would be helpful to have clearer career paths for more junior or mid-level staff