British Council Reviews

Updated August 17, 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. Great mission, great people, huge opportunity

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    Current Employee - Education in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Education in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing brand Amazing work The people are phenomenal

    Cons

    Funding concerns Usual big organisation stuff

    Advice to Management

    Resolve funding concerns.


  2. Great place

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    Current Employee - Head of Operations and Compliance in Egypt, ME
    Current Employee - Head of Operations and Compliance in Egypt, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They really consider developing staff, and consider their career development and safety

    Cons

    the work life balance is an issue, and it is really one big problem that staff face

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring and work load needs an immediate attention from management as the work life balance needs to be considered ASAP


  3. Interesting projects, but a lack of direction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think people genuinely believe in the mission of the Council. That is great if you are interested in working in public projects such as education or the arts. The brand recognition is quite strong, which can lead to some very interesting partnerships. My supervisor was also fantastic, very understanding and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    The Council lacked direction, which was incredibly frustrating. There seemed to be poor communication between London and the country offices, so I never felt that we had an international team that really knew how to work together and learn from each other. I found this to be the most challenging element of my job, as it sometimes felt we were going nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more corporate tools and project management schemes. Acknowledge that this will make the organisation more successful and effective in reaching its goals.


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  5. World of Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues in offices around the world Global workforce community Supportive of teamwork, new ideas, and hard work Strong support of mission and purpose throughout staff Fantastic career opportunities to really leverage and grow your own talents

    Cons

    Experiences are different depending upon programs, offices and individuals. To provide "Cons" is to speak upon individual experience and cannot help inform potential employees of what their specific experience could be.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your mission and your team


  6. Lovely colleagues, fairly low pay

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


  7. Great teams overseas, poor leadership in UK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    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


  8. Wonderful friendly environment

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


  9. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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


  10. British Council ETA, Thailand

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    Current Employee - Language Assistant for the British Council in Samut Prakan (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Language Assistant for the British Council in Samut Prakan (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for the British Council include the huge network of contacts available to you throughout your time on the programme, which ensure you're never alone or unsure- someone is always there to answer your queries and help you along your journey. The British council treat everyone as individuals, you receive care and assistant throughout the process of application, and whilst engaging in the programme.

    Cons

    Sometimes the British Council are a little late when responding to emails, but that would be the only downside I could name.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  11. Good organisation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanoi (Vietnam)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanoi (Vietnam)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, hard working staff with a real sense of purpose and dedication to the job.

    Cons

    Having to focus more and more on money making projects instead of arts ones - due to cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Teaching English might make money but it's the arts that makes you special. Don't lose that.



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