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DFID Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2019

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4.1
83%
Recommend to a Friend
70%
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DFID CEO Justine Greening
Justine Greening
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 7 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "As you'd expect in the civil service, a lot of things about DFID are a bit antiquated(in 4 reviews)

  • "too much power given to line managers(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, important projects."

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    Current Employee - Estates Officer 

    I have been working at DFID full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exciting projects, valued work, flexi-time and good atmosphere.

    Cons

    None that I can really think of

    DFID2019-10-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice environment but overall a strange place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking, most people you meet are incredibly warm and generous, making it very appealing to work there.

    Cons

    If you want to work in government, it doesn't really fit the bill as often it doesn't actually feel as if you're working as a civil servant - the feel is much more like an NGO or a lobby group of some kind. It's also a very politicised atmosphere - it feels like you're constantly trying to tell people that it is the ministers in the department that set direction - not the civil servants. This causes a number of... issues with the delivery of work to the satisfaction of ministers both in DFID and across government.

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    DFID2019-11-05
  3. "Looking for job in Monitoring and Evaluation"

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    Current Employee - Evaluation Manager 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent opportunity to contribute in Official Development Assistance fund

    Cons

    - Less opportunity for creativity

    Advice to Management

    - Promote creativity to accelerate impact

    DFID2019-06-17
  4. "Programme Manager experience - London and overseas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time

    Pros

    - Good salary and benefits for seniority, particularly overseas

    Cons

    - Being a 'civil servant' makes the work somewhat different than working for a humanitarian agency - Bureaucratic

    DFID2019-05-11
  5. Helpful (2)

    "2 years in DFID"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, part time working and job shares

    Cons

    Internal transfers difficult, inexperienced line managers.

    Advice to Management

    Line managers need to be sufficiently trained and experienced. Kids straight out of uni should not be managing experienced members of staff regardless of them being in the grade above.

    DFID2019-04-20
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Programme Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Very good learning environment which helps a lot to develop.

    Cons

    Everything is good but very challenging to get this job.

    DFID2018-09-03
  7. "Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Very Good work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunities in office

    DFID2018-07-11
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Operational Delivery Apprenticeship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Lots of internal opportunities. Plenty of time to complete apprentice work and day-to-day work. Flexible working.

    Cons

    Work has peaks and troughs. No real choice or influence in what department you are placed in out of the departments available.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a focus on future opportunities and continuous development, with a clear path and support on how to move forward in your career.

    DFID2018-06-19
  9. "Deputy Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big brand name known to most government departments in Malawi

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic and limited opportunities for immediate growth

    DFID2018-06-18
  10. "Great place to begin a career in public service"

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    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    Diverse work environment, good balance of young and older employees

    Cons

    Long hours, redundant work sometimes.

    DFID2018-05-24
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