Foreign and Commonwealth Office Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2021

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Embassy has excellent working environment and seriously respects work-life balance(in 44 reviews)

  • "Ambient working environment and a supportive(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Limited career growth for locally engaged staff but that is to be expected(in 13 reviews)

  • "Salaries are not competitive compared to other diplomatic missions and international organizations(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Administration

      Jun 7, 2021 - Business Support 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great atmosphere, flexibility and networking opportunities.

      Cons

      The ageing building is a concern.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Nice

      Jul 17, 2021 - Operations Manager in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good place to work due to friendly enviroment

      Cons

      stressful and consistently high intensity, both a pro and a con

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great opportunities, some

      Jun 16, 2021 - Policy Advisor in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging roles which have an impact in the world. Opportunities to move around different areas and regions of the world. Opportunities to travel and live / work overseas.

      Cons

      Subject to changing views of governments and different ministers, so can be frustrating. Some areas have very high workloads and long hours (without the big salaries offered by private sector equivalents).

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Fixed-Term Contract

      Jul 26, 2021 - Project Officer A2 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good for adjacency and exposure to high level political decision making.

      Cons

      Pay. Progression. Staff benefits. Hierarchical structure and too much favour towards fast streamers.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Soulless

      Jul 6, 2021 - Communications Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of different projects to do

      Cons

      Not very good canteen food

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good work life balance

      May 27, 2021 - Civil Servant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good work-life balance, flexible hours, good work enviroment

      Cons

      lack of progression opportunities in specialist areas

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      great

      May 25, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice place to work good people good opportunities

      Cons

      No cons great place to work

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Poor pay

      May 21, 2021 - Security Advisor in Milton Keynes, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work environment, very respectful culture

      Cons

      Poor salary, overall package is poor compared with private sector

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Merged with Department for International Development

      May 3, 2021 - Civil Servant in Leeds, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Merged with Department for International Development

      Cons

      Susceptible to major changes based on political landscape

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      International travel, broad portfolios, interesting work.

      Apr 27, 2021 - Head of Network in London, England, England
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      Pros

      International travel, broad portfolios, interesting work.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy. Representing the current government.

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