British Council Reviews

Updated Nov 26, 2021

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British Council Chief Executive Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane
399 Ratings
Pros
  • "work life balance is great, get a lot of work off(in 100 reviews)

  • "Stimulating and friendly working environment(in 79 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low salary compared to other organisations(in 37 reviews)

  • "no work-life balance as insufficient manpower(in 27 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great

      Aug 24, 2021 - Spanish Teacher in Leeds, England
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      Pros

      Good company to work for

      Cons

      No a good work life balance

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice people, inspiring work

      Nov 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunities to work with international colleagues and connections, inspiring projects around the world in arts and culture, and working with nice, smart people who are values-led. Overall a good work culture and positive ambitions for inclusion. Great pension and training opportunities.

      Cons

      Salary progression is difficult internally as they only ever start you at the bottom of the band. Finding new roles within the organisation to progress your career is not transparent. The senior leadership team doesn't seem to keep the values at the heart of their decision making - bullying and racist microaggressions are not sufficiently challenged.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Company to Work for

      Nov 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff-focused company with good salary package and a clear appreciation of the need for a work/life balance.

      Cons

      Weaker employees that would be let go in other firms are kept on despite their performance issues.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      great

      Nov 15, 2021 - Tenancy Officer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      a flexible working condition and employee welcoming

      Cons

      loads of work overload and stress

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Nov 12, 2021 - EFL Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Can travel the world - Reliable, secure job - Easy to apply to vacancies - I made life-long friends with my colleagues - Management are generally supportive - Excellent training and benefits if you are on a country plus contract - There is definitely a prestige that comes with working for the BC

      Cons

      - Salary isn't great in some countries - There can be quite a high turnover, as with most of the EFL industry - No matter how they try to market themselves as a 'charity', at the end of the day, they are a multinational organisation working on profit - not easy to progress up the ladder without moving to some obscure countries

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Yes

      Oct 28, 2021 - Support Worker in Glasgow, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good staff and friendly staff

      Cons

      Poor money for what you do

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Brillant opportunity

      Oct 29, 2021 - English Language Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great range of locations, a real chance to get some hands on experience teaching English in a range of circumstances.

      Cons

      Some locations can be rural however these are great to challenge your language learning skills.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great intentions, falls short of clear purpose

      Oct 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very bright people Great opportunities for travel Work that really makes a difference

      Cons

      Poor pay Inconsistent leadership Poor prioritisation ability

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Relaxed Place to work

      Oct 27, 2021 - Operations Manager in Eastleigh, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Relaxed, Good team, work hours fit to lifestyle

      Cons

      No decision making authority, no bonus structure as government organisation.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic company to work for

      Oct 18, 2021 - Recruiting Manager in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Ethos Flexible working Amazing people to work with

      Cons

      Salaries below market rate, however great benefits

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