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Crown Agents Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2019

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3.5
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Fergus Drake
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance, Lots of be people to work with(in 11 reviews)

  • "Great people, sense of cultural renewal, & good esprit de corps(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "senior management provided little to no direction(in 8 reviews)

  • "Low staff morale - ditched experienced staff in favour of youthful but aimless enthusiasm when moving from Sutton the 'trendy' central London site(in 6 reviews)

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    Current Employee - Director FP&A in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    An Excellent Management Team, etc

    Cons

    The market faces significant commercial challenges

    Crown Agents2019-07-13
  2. "Public good ethos with commercial mindset... and now getting its act together"

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    Current Employee - Chief Strategy Officer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plays a quite unique role in the sector - neither fully commercial nor NGO - combining a useful set of perspectives that are really valuable as the aid sector evolves and changes Feels like a much more modern organisation than the slightly stodgy faction- riven place it was 2 years ago Great working environment and genuinely exciting programmes that are really making a difference A leadership team that feels coherent,...

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    Cons

    Still some work to do to get internal processes and systems running as effectively as they could

    Crown Agents2019-07-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good will for it to turn around"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Crown Agents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really interesting and purposeful work and some inspiring colleagues - I left Crown Agents with a lot of good friends.

    Cons

    From 2016: Muddled management. Actively damaging HR set-up. Strategy after strategy, with no follow through or accountability. Have since heard that this has been turning around, which I'm pleased to hear.

    Crown Agents2019-06-12
  4. "Interesting Work - Supportive Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work is interesting and worthwhile. The company is small enough for you to have a variety of work and responsibility but big enough for you to have opportunities to travel work in different cultural contexts and for your career to progress.

    Cons

    The office is lean and all staff are busy, sometimes the volume of work can be a juggle.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus.

    Crown Agents2019-05-09
  5. "Steadily improving both financial position and company offering"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Manager in London, England
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package, agile working, open culture, supportive management

    Cons

    Can be disorganised, lacks discipline, constantly shifting focus, doesn't stick to strategy

    Advice to Management

    Steer the ship, don't get distracted by shiny things, plot a course and stick with it

    Crown Agents2019-04-29
  6. Helpful (1)

    "New Crown Agents?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small enough to know everyone. The start of 2019 felt like the company was turning a corner (in a good way). Great people, sense of cultural renewal, & good esprit de corps. Some genuinely impressive projects delivering really needed goods and services.

    Cons

    Still running hard to keep up... good if you’re up for the challenge, but not a place to coast.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure staff pace themselves

    Crown Agents2019-04-17
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Things are improving and looking brighter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time

    Pros

    Agile working and location are great. Company performance is getting better after a few hard years. Great people to work with. Lots of variety and better focus.

    Cons

    The negative can get blown out of proportion.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to continue to motivate staff.

    Crown Agents2019-04-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Winning and growing, bright future"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team spirit. Business has been through a tough period, but a real bond has formed between employees and leadership team. Recent significant wins show that all the hard work is paying off.

    Cons

    Never know what the day will bring, but that’s the excitement of it too. Tough time for the sector, but Crown Agents is diversified and has what it takes to thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Think carefully about bringing in new talent whilst also motivating existing troupers who stayed and helped turn around the business’s fortunes.

    Crown Agents2019-03-20
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents part-time

    Pros

    - flexible approach to staff needs - great offices in good location - positive outlook on the future - strong leadership team

    Cons

    - idle gossip can become magnified - some bad blood around the relocation from Sutton to Central London

    Advice to Management

    - keep giving staff the opportunity to hear about future plans and to comment on them

    Crown Agents2019-03-20
  10. "An organisation back on the up"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Team Member in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) Really strong start to 2019 with a number of wins across all business units 2) Great project in Ukraine, saving lives and pushing back on corruption 3) Flexible office working and good to be back in the centre of London

    Cons

    1) Capacity across the International offices can be unevenly spread

    Advice to Management

    Keep on prioritising the things that matter Invest in growing more work in the Caribbean

    Crown Agents2019-03-19
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