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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)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

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. "Work experience feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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
  2. "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
  3. Helpful (5)

    "High turnover because the pay is so bad"

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    Former Employee - Economic Adviser in London, England

    I worked at DFID

    Pros

    Its a well regarded bilateral aid organization, but like many, once you are inside its quite depressing. The people in general are very nice. Its a great work-life balance. If you have kids especially, its such a PC environment that you can get away with working from home, tele-commuting, working part time, etc etc. Nobody works more than 40 hours a week. Its a great place to work if you are left wing / liberal. Final...

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    Cons

    Very very PC environment, where any views others than those expressed by the average Guardian reader are not tolerated. There is a huge mis-trust of the private sector and a love affair with NGOs. It pays badly. They have a HUGE budget, growing every year, but few staff to spend it. So they shovel money through other agencies (eg World Bank's IDA), and budget support to Govts (who have become hooked on aid as a result)....

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    Advice to Management

    Be brave, tell your Ministers that the size of the aid budget is marginal and possibly counter-productive. Pay your staff better, at least as well as the World Bank. Advertise and recruit a wider range of backgrounds and views - i.e. advertise in newspapers other than the Guardian. Employ fewer ex NGO types and more ex private sector people. Be less concerned with being PC and more concerned with poverty reduction.

    DFID2011-02-22
  4. "good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Governance Policy Advisor in Islamabad, Islamabad
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance career opportunities multi cultural

    Cons

    Bureaucratic Biased Hiring practices Not open to change

    Advice to Management

    increase learning opportunities

    DFID2019-02-13
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Salary Review"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Assistant in Nairobi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good exposure to international development work, learning and development opportunities, great working environment and a reputable organization in international development.

    Cons

    Challenges balancing political and UK business interests and genuine untied development work; limited growth opportunities for locally engaged staff; too much work with limited human resources.

    Advice to Management

    Never lose sight of the core mandate of DFID, that of poverty reduction. Also, focus on improving your human resource management strategy.

    DFID2015-12-27
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good and positive workplace good work life balance Great team to work with

    Cons

    team dynamics personal ego issues of people

    DFID2014-07-28
  7. "Good and positive workplace."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great purpose, excellent colleagues and exciting work opportunities. You get to meet some amazing people from all kinds of background.

    Cons

    Serious work-life balance issues and poor salary.

    DFID2014-07-07
  8. "For a big organisation, you can really make an impact at country level"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Services in Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good level of Autonomy at country level Good senior managers Annual flights budget to get back home Good work life balance & flexibility on working hours

    Cons

    Unfortunately a Pretty big bureaucracy for the DFID-wide decisions Only 3 or 4 years at post Allowannces & entitlements for housing so you dont really get to choose where you live

    Advice to Management

    Dont consult too much - just trust your decision making

    DFID2013-10-30
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