Foreign and Commonwealth Office Reviews

Updated Nov 22, 2021

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Challenging work, good work life balance, development opportunities(in 47 reviews)

  • "Embassy has excellent working environment and seriously respects work-life balance(in 21 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Career advancement for locally engaged staffs is limited(in 16 reviews)

  • "Diplomats can tend to look down on locally-engaged staff(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Oct 25, 2021 - Deputy Director in London, England
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      Pros

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      Cons

      None none none none none

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      A Varied and Interesting Career

      Nov 17, 2021 - Senior Executive Officer in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Inspiring and supportive colleagues with diverse and interesting backgrounds Intellectually stimulating work Fantastic development opportunities

      Cons

      Low pay High pressure Bureaucratic and slow at times

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work

      Nov 22, 2021 - Immigration Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job Flexibility Work -Life Balance

      Cons

      Poor wages No room for growth

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Once great lost its way

      Oct 26, 2021 - Associate Director in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diverse experience of international and policy settings

      Cons

      Timid, status quo oriented, scared of Ministers, lost confidence in its own culture and ideas

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Training Opportunities

      Aug 22, 2021 - Director UKTI in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great learning and development experience.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy, high demands for not such a great salary. long hours

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Completely recommend

      Aug 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of interesting travel working on some of the most fascinating subject areas imaginable. Has a culture of debate, challenge and learning.

      Cons

      The F C O has a slightly strange progression cycle that rests on applying for posts every couple of years. Best suited to people who want long careers in diplomacy.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Nice

      Jul 17, 2021 - Operations Manager in Manchester, 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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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Soulless

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

      Lots of different projects to do

      Cons

      Not very good canteen food

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    9. 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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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great opportunities, some

      Jun 16, 2021 - Policy Advisor in London, 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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