DFID Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

DFID Reviews

Updated 17 Jun 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 59 reviews

4.1
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
95%
Recommend to a Friend
60%
Approve of CEO
DFID CEO Justine Greening
Justine Greening
20 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity, great people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  2. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    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
  3. Helpful (2)

    "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A2 adviser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unique job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  6. "Senior Livelihoods Adviser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues at all levels Flexible work patterns Well respected around the world Reasonably good learning and development Global possibilities

    Cons

    Short term politicians deciding strategic direction (can't change that) Large pay differences between lower grades with no scaling

    DFID2016-08-20
  8. "Work experience feedback"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, learning and development opportunities

    Cons

    Fewer opportunities for growth and progress

    DFID2016-07-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Could be so much better"

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

    I worked at DFID

    Pros

    The aims of the organisation and some of its achievements.

    Cons

    Not ethnically diverse in grades above G7. Very white. Very middle class.

    DFID2016-04-03
  10. "Not great at all"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Good working hours Monday to Friday. Good pay for Civil Service. Met some nice people

    Cons

    Some levels of management are clueless, systems are antiquated and can be a very negative environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Show staff more respect and learn the full scope of activities carried out by your teams

    DFID2016-02-29
Found 59 reviews