United Nations Foundation

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United Nations Foundation Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2015
Updated 23 January, 2015
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not Your Typical NGO

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, good work life balance, very good culture, solid, mission driven plan. Thanks to Ted Turner, this NGO has a relatively large amount of capital to play with so at times that allows to it operate more like a business (which more NGOs should do!) than an NGO who has to worry more actively about scarcity. There are a huge number of people here with diverse professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    The NGO is going under a lot of changes as it spends its billionth dollar from Ted Turner. this means lots of exciting new opportunities but also some restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    UNF treats its employees well, but campaigns are poorly integrated within the UNF umbrella.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management treats its employees very well with generous benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    If you are working on a specific campaign, you're experience will depend largely on the Executive Director and your team. UNF has a lot of very young people with limited work experience, but lots of enthusiasm. UNF doesn't seem to provide much training for EDs to improve their management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UNF should consider more rigorous evaluation of Executive Directors and provide them with training to improve their skills. Also, management should consider creating more jobs at upper levels to allow people to grow with the Foundation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation

    Pros

    Stable job, Employee protection, great benefits, great workspace

    Cons

    Boring work, very administrative, filled with red tape

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    everyone in the office is very nice, learned a lot. Good internship opportunity.

    Cons

    Felt very removed from the causes we were helping.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have slightly more structured internship programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good working environment, smart, passionate people

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

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Truly interesting work, insider access to UN, friendly environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Some mismatch in workloads - some people seem to work extremely hard, while others have very little - and compensation likely doesnt match up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More merit-based system for advancement. Not playing favorites.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The senior leadership care more about making money than alleviating poverty.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UNF is uniquely positioned at a nexus between private, public, and the UN. The company benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    The leadership has an authoritarian leadership style, in which they are not transparent about decision making and do not communicate. Entire departments and individuals have been fired at the drop of a hat with no explanation. This breeds a culture of fear within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees. Develop transparent hiring and promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An AMAZING place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    The UN Foundation has really engaging colleagues who manage to do incredible, meaningful work while still leading interesting lives outside of the office. Office culture is also great - lots of fun and very supportive. This makes working at the UN Foundation a total pleasure.

    Cons

    Not much comes to mind - my experience was overwhelmingly positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for interns to continue working for UNF in consultancies or full-time entry level positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a dynamic, professional, and productive organization with a good foundation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Operations in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects include great Benefits, good work life balance, competent staff, and emphasis on innovation and initiative.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be a distant from the staff, lack of clear articulation of professional opportunities and high turnover among staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with staff, provide clarity and transparent guidelines on how to move up in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at United Nations Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They give interns a lot responsibility which is good. It's also a fun place to work and start a caeer. The people are really passionate about the causes they work on

    Cons

    Sometimes the organization gets a little full of itself and the work that it is doing. Internships are also now unpaid which is terrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain interns as full time staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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