DFID Employee Reviews about "civil service"

Updated 5 Jan 2020

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DFID Secretary of State  Justine Greening
Justine Greening
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance, interesting work(in 7 reviews)

  • "Idealistic people chilled out work environment generous leave entitlement and lots of professional development opportunities(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "As you'd expect in the civil service, a lot of things about DFID are a bit antiquated(in 6 reviews)

  • "Internal transfers difficult, inexperienced line managers(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The best employer in the civil service"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  2. "Great organisation but turbulent times"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst 

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

    Pros

    Great people Great work life balance Progressive policies on equality

    Cons

    Executive Management don't seem to be able to make definitive descisions Shadowy internal moves at times especially in overseas network Civil service pay


  3. Helpful (3)

    "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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.

  4. "Summer Intern"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DFID

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn from very experienced and knowledgeable civil service professionals with true expertise in their areas of work.

    Cons

    Can feel a bit out of your depth if you do not have past experience working in this environment - especially with all the acronyms!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unique job"

    4.0
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    • 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.

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  6. "Not great at all"

    2.0
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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.

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  7. "Highs and lows"

    4.0
    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

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  8. "Inept HR management - constant talk about change management - while remaining very much the same"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission, dedicated policy staff, sufficent critical mass to make a difference in field. Focus on cost cutting and attempts to provide training.S till a good calling card when applying for jobs within industry.

    Cons

    Despite fancy change management talk and cosmetic changes, still very much old fashioned Civil Service. Very grade conscious and hierarchical. Lots of office politics. Low salaries for long hours at manager level. HQ HR staff at times discriminatory against foreign employees.

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  9. "Senior civil servant for 8 years"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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. Nice people to work with, particularly at more junior levels.

    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 has a high profile with key directors rather than what they actually deliver. At a senior level and for the rising stars, the workforce is not as diverse as it should be given the nature of the work - many middle class recruits from diplomatic families, privately educated and privileged backgrounds.

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