British Council
3.8 of 5 85 reviews
www.britishcouncil.org London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

British Council Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 85 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

British Council CEO Martin Davidson

Martin Davidson

(11 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance (depending on your manager) is great"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Innumerable professional development opportunities"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of flexibility, inspiration and leadership from senior management"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Pay package not very attractive for highly qualified people"
    in 2 reviews
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Education conference coordinator

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at British Council as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIntelligent colleagues passionate about their work, ability to make a considerable impact in the arts, education, and society.

Consmatrixed environment could be articulated more clearly, communication internally is not always precise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great teams overseas, poor leadership in UK

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at British Council full-time

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementWalk your talk

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wonderful friendly environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at British Council

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

ConsNone that I can think of...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Teacher (Current Employee)
Burlington, VT

I have been working at British Council full-time for more than a year

ProsIt was great to be a teacher there

ConsThe students were very happy to be there.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't do anything, you're doing great the way it is

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Satisfied

Invigilator (Former Employee)
Dhaka (Bangladesh)

I worked at British Council part-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible hours, decent payment, good work environment

Consno transportation facility, need to be more organized

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Inclusive environment, but poor internal progression

Human Resources (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at British Council full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFriendly, international work environment with an emphasis on open communication and inclusiveness, has great staff benefits and supports employees in both professional and personal development. Internal courses open to staff for free/at discounted rates. Regional teams foster regular sharing of best practices and help synergise efforts (some teams more effective than others). Environmentally-conscious.

ConsPays well below market for non-teaching roles (especially if you are non-revenue generating), particularly in support departments. Poor prospects for internal progression (no internal promotions), though lateral transfers are possible. Not attractive for young executives looking for quick career growth. If you're not moving up after 2-3 years, move out, or you may find yourself stuck.

Advice to Senior ManagementWasteful international travel is at odds with stagnant wages. Management should re-look at succession planning and staff grading systems.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at British Council

ProsBrand Notoriety.
Level of spoken English.

ConsNot that internationally operationally involved

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mainly positive but it's a place where you can stay too long

Prefer Not to Say (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou get to work with really nice people who are delivering services that change people's lives.
Work life balance (depending on your manager) is great. I've had three great managers but observe others who are not so lucky. Like any workplace I guess.
The office I work in is very pleasant and we all have laptops and can smartwork.

ConsSalary is always lower than elsewhere but work life balance and benefits evens this out.
It's a great place to work and the danger is you don't want to move on.
Could innovate more, we're a bit backward when it comes to IT. Hopefully that will change with cloud services in next 12 months.
Can feel a bit 'posh' and HQ is a bit stuffy.

Advice to Senior ManagementSort out HR, they are shocking. Staff get left in limbo trying to find out about their contracts. That's a personal experience (twice) and one shared by at least three of my immediate colleagues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to teach.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ḩawwārah, Amman Governorate (Jordan)

I have been working at British Council full-time for more than a year

ProsThere are opportunities for development although most are for those earlier in their career.
The students are very nice and the atmosphere at the school is good. The pay is also quite decent.

ConsThe students can be very teacher dependent. Timetables change quite often and holiday periods short.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at British Council

ProsNice people to work with

Consnothing to say excellent organisation

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to staff more regularly

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