DFID - High turnover because the pay is so bad | Glassdoor.co.uk
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    "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

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Looking for job in Monitoring and Evaluation"

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    Current Employee - Evaluation Manager 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent opportunity to contribute in Official Development Assistance fund

    Cons

    - Less opportunity for creativity

    Advice to Management

    - Promote creativity to accelerate impact

    DFID2019-06-17
  2. "Programme Manager experience - London and overseas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time

    Pros

    - Good salary and benefits for seniority, particularly overseas

    Cons

    - Being a 'civil servant' makes the work somewhat different than working for a humanitarian agency - Bureaucratic

    DFID2019-05-11

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