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DFID Reviews

Updated 5 Jan 2020

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4.2
83%
Recommend to a Friend
70%
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DFID Secretary of State  Justine Greening
Justine Greening
21 Ratings
  1. "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
  2. "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
  3. "Graduate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Decent hours and great opportunities for within-DFID mobility.

    Cons

    Most jobs are very admin-heavy.

    DFID2018-02-26
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive with strong development opportunities

    Cons

    Can be a bit dull socially

    DFID2017-09-27
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity, great people"

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

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

    Pros

    Worldwide experience, top of the game

    Cons

    typical frustrations of public service

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility and make decisions

    DFID2017-09-14
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A place where there is a real dedication and passion for ending extreme poverty."

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns are supported. Majority of staff are passionate and committed to the overall DFID mission. There are so many different career paths that you can pursue within the department (e.g corporate roles, advisory, project management, etc).

    Cons

    Sometimes there are stressful periods where you have to work very reactively and do a lot of fire fighting.

    DFID2017-09-07
  7. Helpful (2)

    "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

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    Recommends

    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    Great people in this department, with good expertise. Flexible working options. Travel opportunities. Exposure to international organisations and the internal civil service. DFID pays better than most other Civil Service Departments

    Cons

    Progression is limited for certain jobs unless you actively want to join management e.g. Programme management, Technical advisors. Still working on Diversity.

    DFID2017-05-29
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A2 adviser"

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    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good objective, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political, huge workloads

    Advice to Management

    Stop meddling and let the experts get on with it.

    DFID2017-04-11
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unique job"

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    Former Employee - Economist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are genuinely nice, dedicated to DFID, and good at what they do. There is (or at least was) a real espirit de corps, especially in the country office. Travel, often to some pretty interesting locations, is a big plus.

    Cons

    As you'd expect in the civil service, a lot of things about DFID are a bit antiquated. Management culture, ways of working, IT systems are always likely to be five to ten years behind.

    Advice to Management

    Relative to most of the civil service, DFID is fairly modern and forward looking. But the gap to the private sector is too big to attract and keep talent.

    DFID2017-03-27
  10. "Senior Livelihoods Adviser"

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    Current Employee - Senior Livelihoods Adviser in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Changing the world, highly respected aid organisation, great colleagues

    Cons

    Becoming more inward looking and risk averse, and a decline in operational delivery as more funding is pushed through expensive consultancy companies

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff more authority but make them more responsible for their decisions.

    DFID2016-11-17
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