Foreign and Commonwealth Office Employee Reviews about "locally engaged staff"

Updated May 18, 2020

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  • "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. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Be sure you have made the right decision

      May 18, 2020 - Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get to put your experience here on a resume, you may even get a position that allows you to make meaningful change and really help people. Weekly opportunities to listen in and even participate in discussions across a broad spectrum of issues, and maybe learn valuable skills. HR genuinely cares and everyone that I met in both departments were amazing people. If you have a problem they listen.

      Cons

      Essentially no training - sink or swim on day one. Depending on the department, you will have issues making friends and generally finding people to be genuine. There is an air of mistrust if you are locally engaged staff here - I have never in my life felt a feeling of being judged like I did walking through these halls. People in certain positions like to shift blame and altogether avoid certain parts of their job; Don't be surprised if someone loads their work onto you because they are "too busy". Mental health is blatantly overlooked here, and I wish there was more I could do to help those people that just needed someone to listen and understand. Work/life balance was not in any way a "balance" when I was here.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Rewarding Experience, not highest paid

      Dec 5, 2019 - Delivery Project Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Direct contact with government officials and diplomats posted in New York. There is high availability of opportunities to work on “corporate” initiatives which made working there even more highly rewarding.

      Cons

      Pay is not as competitive. These roles are usually designed to be less than 2 years since this is considered a locally engaged role rather than being a diplomat in the FCO.

      10 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall okay

      Apr 27, 2019 - Consular Assistant in Singapore
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      Pros

      Working in a diverse environment with people from different nationalities.

      Cons

      Career advancement for locally engaged staffs is limited.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Locally-engaged staff

      Mar 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Interact with interesting people. Learn about the UK and it's a great resume boost.

      Cons

      Lots of bureaucracy, low salaries. Diplomats can tend to look down on locally-engaged staff.

      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

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      Dec 7, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
      Recommend
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      Pros

      professiona environment, open culture, dignity and respect for all staff, several opportunities to learn and evolve

      Cons

      no growth path for locally engaged staff by design since it is a diplomatic organisation

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good training ground

      Nov 26, 2017 - Political Analyst in Kuala Lumpur
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flat organizational structure, training opportunities

      Cons

      Limited career growth for locally engaged staff but that is to be expected

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Entry level position for LE

      Aug 3, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good hours, responsive management, work life balance

      Cons

      Locally Engaged staff salary

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      International exposure & low wages

      Sep 20, 2016 - Programmer Coordinator in Ankara
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      Pros

      International exposure, learning and development opportunities, good work & life balance

      Cons

      low wages, bullying, sometimes discrimination between locally engaged staff and UK staff

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, good staff

      Jun 21, 2016 - Public Affairs Officer in Dushanbe
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I extremely enjoy working here because of small and very supportive team and very good management, reasonable salary but very good learning and development

      Cons

      Of course for locally engaged employees it is very hard to advance in FCO as this is diplomatic institution and LE staff can't receive clearance for promotion

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      No promotion... ever.

      Apr 27, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Generally good people to work with. Executives take staff surveys seriously and genuinely try to improve employee satisfaction. Great vacation time (16 days to start, which they actually encourage you to take!) and 401K matching.

      Cons

      Most locally engaged staff in the British Defense Staff never leave because it's the only way they can keep their green card/visa to live in the US, so don't EVER expect a position to open up so you can move into a better one. Also the British Government is broke, so raises and bonuses are slim. Not much training or learning and development. Finally, they can't withhold taxes from your paycheck so you have to pay quarterly estimated taxes which is the most miserable process.

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