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Review averages

  • 49 employees say

    Excellent (27)
    55.102040816327%
    Good (14)
    28.571428571429%
    Satisfactory (4)
    8.1632653061224%
    Subpar (4)
    8.1632653061224%
    3.79
  • 5 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    80%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    20%
    4.06

Reviews for United Nations

Reviews - What employees say

3.79 Employees say
4.06 Applicants say

Company Culture

diverse culture

Teamwork

feel it should improve

Freedom to work independently

bureaucratic and political

Internal Communication

success is highlighted a lot but certain things are swept under the carpet

Gender Equality

good representation and encouragement

Attitude towards older colleagues

pretty old staff group

Office / Work Environment

well taken care of

Work-Life Balance

school system with sufficient holidays and breaks

Challenging Work

The policy and structure is sometimes bit politicized and bureaucratic but the support, training and clarity does exist

Inclusive / Diverse

extremely diverse

Suggestions for improvement

  • A culture of openness, respect for all irrespective of the status should be of utmost importance.

What I like about the company

The opportunity to serve the community, promote well being of students and work towards improving recycling have been my passion and this company has given me the platform to do so.

What I dislike about the company

Bureaucracy and politics. The wealthy powerful parents and children are given special treatment

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    United Nations International School
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Company Culture

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.

Teamwork

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.

Internal Communication

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.

Gender Equality

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.

Career Development

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.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Work life balance was fine and they do offer good benefits (e.g. sick leave and maternity/paternity leave)

Company Image

Only my reputation of the name I don’t feel like I got anything else out of the experience.

Job Security

N/a

Handicapped Accessibility

Ramps, elevators, wide hallways, and handicapped bathroom stalls.

Workplace Safety

There were several drills and safety trainings offered to staff (e.g. active shooter trainings)

Challenging Work

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

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    United Nations Development Programme
  • City
    New York City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Employee discounts is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • change in the grading system, more accountability from the management side, improvement of selection process, change of the steps assignments, increasing integrity by rewarding where it applies, extensive training for managers, more serious audit of expenses and spending habits, budgeting and enforcement of solutions suggested by the auditing process.

What I like about the company

very diverse environment , good benefits, chances to move around departments, training programs

What I dislike about the company

the selection process is too long and not always objective. Lots of office politics.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    United Nations
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

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Review averages

  • 49 employees say

    Excellent (27)
    55.102040816327%
    Good (14)
    28.571428571429%
    Satisfactory (4)
    8.1632653061224%
    Subpar (4)
    8.1632653061224%
    3.79
  • 5 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    80%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    20%
    4.06

kununu score comparisons

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3.81
54 reviews

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38,735 reviews

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