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Updated Jun 17, 2019

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DFID CEO Justine Greening
Justine Greening
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Pros
  • "Work life balance, learning and development opportunities(in 6 reviews)

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Cons
  • "But as civil service/public sector organisations go, DFID is relatively well managed(in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

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    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
  2. 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
  3. "Not great at all"

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    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
  4. Helpful (1)

    "The best employer in the civil service"

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    Current Employee - Head of Jordan and Lebanon Team in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A strong sense of mission, delivering real outcomes. A world leader in development. Interesting, challenging work. Working with a diverse, highly skilled and vibrant group of people.

    Cons

    The usual problems of a large, complex organisation apply. But as civil service/public sector organisations go, DFID is relatively well managed. Also, politics is politics - if you can't cope with working in an ultimately political environment both in the UK and the other countries we work in, don't bother.

    Advice to Management

    Most of what we do is challenging enough. Sometimes leadership is about being helping people get over those challenges, not creating new ones.

    DFID2014-07-29
  5. "Highs and lows"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

      Pros

      There is clearly passion for the policy work which is rich and varied, good training opportunities

      Cons

      Can be very grade conscious and in my experience not all teams promote work/life balance and can penalise you if you don't work consistently long hours. Has felt as if DFID management attempts to create a civil service mould of what 'good' looks like and a single approach rather than promoting and encouraging different styles of working

      Advice to Management

      walk the talk, set examples of work/life balance, be more transparent about performance monitoring especially in moderation discussions. Get better at promoting diversity and enabling staff to bring more of a sense of authenticity to work

      DFID2014-07-03
    • "Senior civil servant for 8 years"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

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

      Pros

      Highly rewarding to work on tackling poverty in an international respected, innovative and influential organisation. Supportive environment ie. raising development budget, cross-party consensus on development in UK Staff highly committed to their work and on the whole are very able/highly qualified/hard working/dynamic. Interesting work with opportunities to travel all over the world and learn about different cultures....

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      Cons

      UK civil service pay and benefits are being steadily eroded - no longer very competitive. Civil service not valued by UK public or Ministers. Fairly centralised and bureaucratic on some issues and very ropey knowledge management and finance systems. Pay and benefits are not properly related to performance - tends to be based on who...

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      Advice to Management

      Adopt a consistently principled and ethical approach to dealing with your staff. I have seen some poor practice recently which never would have happened in the UK civil service 5 years ago.

      DFID2012-09-21
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