DFID Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 29 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. "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

  2. "Work experience feedback"

    3.0
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    • 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


  3. "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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  4. Helpful (6)

    "High turnover because the pay is so bad"

    2.0
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    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 salary pension scheme is a huge perk, plus lots of leave.

    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). The *only* thing that staff care about (staff who want to get promoted) is spending the budget - impact is mostly neglected, ignored or hidden. Benefits abroad used to be good, (free house etc) - but I understand these are being cut back. Most economists leave DFID for the World Bank etc because it pays better and they get more respect. DFID is a good place for social workers, in contrast. Its hard to get promoted if you are a white man - there is a lot of bias toward women and ethnic minorities and staff from overseas.

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  5. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Corporate Trust Analyst 

    I worked at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    A lot of admin work

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Salary Review"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  7. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
    Recommends
    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

  8. "Good and positive workplace."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    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.

  9. "For a big organisation, you can really make an impact at country level"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Corporate Services in Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam
    Recommends
    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

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