British Council Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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British Council Chief Executive Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane
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Pros
  • great work life balance and supportive colleagues (in 9 reviews)

  • Great opportunity, good growth curve (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management are incompetent, completely unaccountable to anyone for anything, and refuse ever to admit they make mistakes (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance is not possible since some departments are under staffed (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Lovely colleagues, fairly low pay

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    Current Employee - Examiner in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Examiner in Remote, OR

    I have been working at British Council

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Helpful colleagues.
    Flexible job.
    There seem to be lots of opportunities to not exactly progress, but to take on various roles.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low considering you need postgraduate level qualification for the position.
    Zero hours contract - usually plenty of work, but it varies and I've had weeks, particularly around January, when there was no work at all.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, the ones that I deal with are very good.


  2. Great teams overseas, poor leadership in UK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with people from very varied cultural backgrounds; educated and friendly local staff in overseas offices

    Cons

    Very limited career development options for local staff; poor senior leadership; low salary; culture resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk


  3. Wonderful friendly environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Council

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly community, supportive, willing to wear several different hats. Relaxed and supportive, it seems.

    Cons

    None that I can think of...


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  5. Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at British Council full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It was great to be a teacher there

    Cons

    The students were very happy to be there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do anything, you're doing great the way it is


  6. a GREAT organistion

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Council (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * there is great scope for professional development
    * people and their ideas are valued
    * you get to work with market leaders and passionate people

    Cons

    no real cons worth mentioning


  7. Fantastic Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Council

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career development opportunities, values in the workplace are not for show!

    Cons

    Very competitive to get roles


  8. whar's that?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Council

    Pros

    they have medical insurance and some really nice people

    Cons

    some managers are completely inside themselves and make their managees guilty of their faults.


  9. Good place to learn about exams administration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)

    I worked at British Council

    Pros

    - opportunity to learn about exam operations
    - great support form line management

    Cons

    - understaffed in some departments


  10. Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santiago (Chile)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santiago (Chile)

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked until 2007.
    Great company, got promoted couple of times.
    Best organizational culture IN THE WORLD!.
    Collaboration, cooperation, excellence, great place to work.

    Cons

    Due to the fact it is a government institution, you completely miss the commercial aspects of the companies. I do not recommend it for more than 8 years. It is like an unreal world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Lack of direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

    I have been working at British Council (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary ok, international environment, no much pressure at work in comparison with other companies, good reputation of the brand, opportunities to travel for some workers.

    Cons

    Work in silos, senior management, often UK-appointed staff, benefit of better conditions and tend to be self-focused and hypocritical with local appointed staff. Wannabe profit-making company by selling expensive courses and exams with a charity dress and a quasi-governmental soul (that is being slow and formal). More job opportunities in low-cost countries and job-cuts in others. Chaotic job structure that varies country by country, inefficiencies on one hand opposite to budget cuts on the other. There is a general sense of lack of direction, lack of a competitive product portfolio, mission too vague, its legal status does not allow to embrace innovation quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Empower local staff, implement innovative approach, engage all staff in important decisions that affect their lives and the future of the organisation.



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