Foreign and Commonwealth Office Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 24 Jul 2020

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson
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  • "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
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent employer

      10 Jun 2019 - Corporate Services in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      22 Oct 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance in the company

      Cons

      Lack of direction in the company

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Do not believe all the hype

      12 Sep 2014 - Desk Officer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work-life balance- sometimes. Pleasant, clever people- sometimes. It's an interesting experience for first or second jobbers, and travel if you are lucky. Some colleagues have done really well here and have proggressed up the ranks, had several overseas postings and actually made good money by cashing in on overseas allowances and renting out their homes in the UK. Women married to higher earners like it here because of flexible working and jobshare/part-time arrangements. Those who have not been to university get a better deal in terms of training and salary and can end up as the same or higher grade than grads or post-grads.

      Cons

      Pay, progression, lack of good transferable experience to get into private sector. Staff that stay in the UK and do not rise up the ranks suffer financially. You need to understand that you have to rotate and apply for a new role every few years and this can be a good or bad thing depending on the job, location and type of people you have to work for. The culture is very hierarchical and there are many pompous, cunning and ambitions people- mostly in the policy departments- that you need to navigate around. The management style here is directive and critical rather than coaching - 'just do it because I am your manager..please' . Lots of staff are reticent or defensive because they do not want bad feedback on appraisals which impacts the chances of the next job that they can apply for, and hence their promotion. Generally, morale is low unless you are a high-powered fast- streamer and can show that you buy the FCO prestige. Lots of staff just want to work overseas and get to travel rather than really make a difference or do a good job, this culture of 'cashing in' - especially on the travel opportunities- can be seen at all levels.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Intern

      Associate Economist

      11 Oct 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Responsibility - Interesting work - Work/life balance

      Cons

      - Slow progression - Low Pay

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Not the organisation it once was

      22 Dec 2016 - Senior Diplomat 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Overseas postings - Variety of work - Current Permanent Secretary (CEO) - Work life balance/flexible working - Contacts with other countries

      Cons

      - Poor remuneration - Diminished by Brexit - Increasingly bypassed by other Whitehall Departments - Many of the best staff are voting with their feet

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Very good learning & development opportunities but lack of leadership and vision

      26 Feb 2015 - Programmer Management 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      training, work-life balance, annual leave days

      Cons

      lack of leadership, lack of vision, bullying and harassment

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Diplomat

      15 Feb 2017 -  
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      Pros

      Good work life balance and interesting work.

      Cons

      Poor morale in staff post EU Ref result.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent work-life balance. Little room for career promotion.

      24 Jul 2020 - Policy Officer in Santiago
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Embassy has excellent working environment and seriously respects work-life balance.

      Cons

      Little room for significant salary/responsibility increase for local employees.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      public sector

      9 Apr 2020 - Marketing Officer in Beijing, Beijing, Beijing
      Recommend
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      Pros

      open culture, nice colleagues, many training opportunities, good work-life balance

      Cons

      the skills and competencies might be confined in public sector

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to work

      7 Feb 2020 - Corporate Services Manager in Jakarta
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Training and Development, Work life Balance

      Cons

      Salary is low for the work to be performed,

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