Commonwealth Secretariat

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Commonwealth Secretariat Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Stress free working environment but for the layoffs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth Secretariat as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is fairly laid back and the managers treat the staff well. Most of the staff are friendly, relaxed and very helpful. Would be entirely stress free had it not been for the downsizing in operations leading to layoffs.

    Cons

    Salary a little below competitive but jobs are hard to get nowadays. That is probably why some o the staff and supervisors seem a tad inefficient. Downsizing its operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff in some areas eg. human resources require more training.
    Some field staff are not carefully vetted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience but need more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Secretariat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to working with diversity
    Great team and co-workers

    Cons

    Bureacratic processes
    Not a career organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes to optimise on resources

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    iron rice bowl

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Commonwealth Secretariat part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Chance to meet elite politician around the commonwealth and you might be lucky even to shake hands with the queen.

    Cons

    Less chances for progression. Lengthy process to get things done. Can be monotonous most of the time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    It has been professionally rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Secretariat

    Pros

    Allows you to benefit from experiences and perspectives drawn from 54 similar but also diverse countries.

    Cons

    None I can talk of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To continue promoting the values and principles of the Commonwealth.

  6.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Secretariat

    Pros

    Exposure to all areas relevant to your work
    Travel to various parts of the Commonwealth

    Cons

    No automatic promotion
    No bonuses
    everyone gets a good review regardless of how bad they performed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bonuses
    Get rid of inefficient workers

    Recommends
  7.  

    The Secretariat allows for professional development in your particular field of work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Secretariat

    Pros

    Working in London is a great overall experience. The Secretariat allows you to gain knowledge about many Commonwealth countries. The salary is good.

    Cons

    Information on the various rules which staff should follow are hard to come by. When one first joins from overseas they are not properly guided on English schools, housing, travel, etc.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Nature of the work is interesting and rewarding but management and organisation culture is ineffective and demoralising.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Commonwealth Secretariat

    Pros

    Field work is rewarding when you come into contact with the diversity of people around the Commowealth.

    Cons

    No direction from current management. Some senior management officers are self seeking and feathering their own nests without any regard to the welfare of the staff and the fact that the organisation is funded by some of the poorest countries in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making life miserable for staff.
    Inject some direction into the organisation's work.

    Doesn't Recommend

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