Department for International Trade Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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3.7
62%
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38%
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Department for International Trade Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liam Fox
Liam Fox
14 Ratings
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  • "No proper career development as local staff(in 6 reviews)

  • "No progression as I'm a local hire for the embassy(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "DDaT in DIT is an excellent place to be"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexibility in working - Impact in creating things beneficial for lots of users - Teams and agile approach is very good

    Cons

    - Technology is a bit restrictive at times given working in a government department

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  2. "Work experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Campaign Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    exciting cutting edge marketing opportunities

    Cons

    lots of admin in the department


  3. "Resourceful, fresh and dynamic"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Speechwriter in London, England

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time

    Pros

    Young department, agile, already with a long list of achievements

    Cons

    Taken time to establish itself and lacks a central building

  4. "No headline"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Department for International Trade full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and interesting companies to work with

    Cons

    Not enough development opportunities, not a great work atmosphere

  5. "Mixed bag"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Private Secretary in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter and lots of opportunities to get involved in great work.

    Cons

    Culture can be very toxic and diversity does not always feel valued.

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  6. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Policy Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning and development, progression, opportunities, caring

    Cons

    Civil service bureaucracy is too much

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  7. "Good for L&D"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HEO Social Researcher in London, England

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent willingness to support staff L&D

    Cons

    Very process oriented, work flows can be slow

  8. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Loads of opportunities including travel and work abroad. Supportive environment and friendly people.

    Cons

    You're expected to pick things up incredibly quickly and there's an expectation that everyone will have to suffer a bit.

  9. "Bureaucratic, overworked, poor pay"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Department for International Trade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some talented employees. Opportunity to contribute to trade agreements.

    Cons

    Pay worse than many other departments. Rapid paced work plans mean limited focus on well-being. Poor resource management from seniors.

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  10. "Good, well-meaning people, weighed down by bureaucracy and lacking a clear direction"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Trade Advisor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Department for International Trade full-time

    Pros

    Independent, autonomous role; freedom to set one's own agenda and timetable, etc. Great colleagues, by and large International nature of work, clients and colleagues all around the world

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and endless box-ticking Chasing of meaningless government targets, for the sake of targets Lack of direction from HQ / central government A shadow of its former self (UK Trade & Investment); now largely a wasted resource

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