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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Reviews

Updated 7 Feb 2020

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3.7
76%
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
28 Ratings
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  • "no growth path for locally engaged staff by design since it is a diplomatic organisation(in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Graduate Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time

    Pros

    Excellent learning and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher.

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2018-10-10
  2. "Unlike any other job"

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    Former Employee - Diplomat in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work, travel, clever and talented colleagues, creative flexible and remote working policies

    Cons

    Lifestyle commitment, bureaucracy, resources, low pay

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2020-01-21
  3. "An amazing place to work - providing you find the right team"

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    Former Employee - Commissioning Portfolios Manager in London, England

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, fab intelligent resources and colleagues, ambitious vision objectives, plans and programs, excellent opportunities for career development, learning from colleagues and wider resources and training packages - again in the right teams. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Process can be slow which slows down delivery, complex government governance to master and in the wrong team, due to slow process of career progression you may be better off moving on. Low paid, most government jobs are very low paid unless you work in some of few very senior grade posts.

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    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-11-12
  4. "Great job but the burnout is real"

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    Former Employee - CSM in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good perks, travel, benefits, great team

    Cons

    Always cutting back trying to do more for less Turnover is getting higher Do not always feel valued

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-08-07
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Your experience can vary wildly"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Officer in London, England

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Your experience will look good on your resume. You will be able to leave at 5 pm. I was able to work from home when it was convenient. I was able to travel to conferences in other countries. The building is nice.

    Cons

    If you don't click with your team then you will have no recourse, whether you perform well in your job or not. This can be a minefield for some people. If the senior employees in your area don't like you, you are better off resigning, as I did. The Civil Service is so detached from the outside world that it is hard to see how your work makes a real difference. Some of the high level departmental metrics are questionable. My area was overstaffed with overbearing and cliquey middle managers. HM Treasury has a reputation for having whiz kids who are given high levels of responsibility. I don't know if that is true or not but the exact opposite is the case in the FCO. There are many plodders who wallow in bureaucracy.

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    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-09-04
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Prosperity Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best place I’ve ever worked

    Cons

    A bit too Bureaucratic, slow moving career

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-06-26
  7. "Excellent employer"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Services in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Varied work, supportive leadership and colleagues, good work/life balance, prestigious organisation, decent non pay benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is not great and doesn't keep pace with inflation.

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-06-10
  8. "Flexible, Progressive and Exciting Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Finance Business Partner 

    I have been working at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They're super flexible with working hours and want the best for their employees.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can often be a little inhibiting.

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-06-05
  9. "A fascinating place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time

    Pros

    -You can work on and gain insight into some really interesting issues -Excellent L&D resources -Generally supportive and friendly environment

    Cons

    -The pay could be better

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-03-22
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Never work for this dump. Stay away from all government departments"

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    Former Employee - PMO Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There aren't any pros. It's terrible. Awful. Nom progressive. Argumentative. Bullying.

    Cons

    An ill-educated, hierarchical, organisation which pays 80% of it's staff an annual salary of £18.5k, no promotion, no bonuses and encourages bullying on a mass scale. They have a predominant unskilled work force, who use Windows Vista, who refuse to train new team members. You have absolutely no say in your own career progression, it's decided for you as you have to change jobs every 2 years. The hierarchy is just pathetic. You can't speak to your department manager but your line manager can speak to them on your behalf: and they sensor the information and with hold the vital pieces of infotmation. It's the kinda place where line managers are unskilled, arguments/bullying are common, ideas are stolen and the Appraisal is ruler of the land. The pathetic appraisal. It never stops. It's continuous. Every day you work through your God awful appraisal. Every single day.....when time could be better spent somewhere, like fulfilling your underskilled job, which you are over qualified to do, and earn a salary which progressively makes you poorer and your HR department and management remain corrupt and threaten you ever single day. NEVER WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT

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    Foreign and Commonwealth Office2019-03-19

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