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Crown Agents Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Moving in the Right Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Motivated, intelligent staff who are committed to their work. Management at CA-USA allows for positive work / life balance and flexibility in working hours / teleworking arrangements. Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    The US division went through a re-structuring process in 2013 which brought quite a bit of disruption to the company. The acquisition of Weidemann Associates was not handled smoothly by senior management at the time (all have since moved on from the company) and high staff turnover resulted. However, 2014 has brought more stability and positive forward direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making CA-USA's approach to business winning proactive and responsive to the needs of our clients. Continue to streamline the often cumbersome processes and procedures that are imposed on the US division by parent company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    CA-USA is awful, there has not been a President at the helm in 7 months, and there is not cash flow to support one.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Crown Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hard to really say, they are not innovative, not nimble with new business effort, their OMAP (new business tool) slows them down and keeps them from being on even footing with the other mid size firms. They have a nice office space, and kitchen area. This company is really going down the tubes. Mass exodus of staff leaving. On average one per month and they don't replace people because they can't afford to, not enough cash flow.

    Cons

    Being owned by their parent Crown Agents UK, this is a mssive fiscal and operational burdon. They will send down directives that need to be followed and often are out of touch and don't make any sense for what is actually needed or taking place in order to win new business. For example you now need approval from the UK to hire STTA? What kind of sense does that make?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They brought in a organizational specialist in December 2013, but abandoned the effort because they could not afford to keep the G&A expense, and didn't really want to see change. If they do not win their Health bid follow on project, this office will close

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging as the subsidiary of a British company. Brits do not understand the US market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crown Agents

    Pros

    As with many organizations, some wonderful people.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by a British parent who does not understand the US market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower your people with authority and resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    It was a civilized and rational place to work with a high degree of input from staff and high motivation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Guy in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Guy in Washington, DC

    I worked at Crown Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's an established player in international development, outside of the USAID circuit, that has real institutional capabilities and skills as a basis as opposed to ginned-up capabilities hired yesterday to chase the USAID market.

    Cons

    Their own rigid way of doing things, corporately, a few years ago limited the mobility they could have in the USAID marketplace, as everyone was frightened to death of the London office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek ways to connect with the USAID marketplace in a meaningful way, rather than a rigid take our offerings or leave them kind of mentality which prevailed a few years ago.

  6.  

    Generally Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Crown Agents

    Pros

    Team work is fostered by management

    Cons

    Despite the small size of the company, issues can be more political than they would be at comprable-sized organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is generally responsive to feedback, which is appreciated.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Adventurous

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Advisor to Ministry of Health in Kathmandu (Nepal)
    Former Employee - Strategic Advisor to Ministry of Health in Kathmandu (Nepal)

    I worked at Crown Agents full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to interesting assignments in all corners of the globe
    Ability to take on interesting challenges and expand one's horizons
    Meet great people

    Cons

    It's not always clear what the resources are at Crown Agents for backstop support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a list of resources for field-based consultants so that it's easy to find the right people and documents to support the work that is being done in the field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crown Agents full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunites to travel and see the reality on the ground on how Aid is disbursed, to witness and see how Aid doesn't work and the big circus in place to keep the interests of each government. otherwise interesting work and some good people to work with.

    Cons

    useless management middle and top. too much lies and hypocrisy , too many good staff made redundant or have resigned . lack of understanding of the real nature of Crown Agents business. this company is run by too many accountants, arrogant and very bad at their jobs . Staff delivers not them. HR dept is a private hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop recruiting and employing mediocre executive and resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is an option to travel to the poorest of countries and see first hand how what we do is saving lives and supporting people around the world that are really having the worst experiences in life.

    The ability to communicate with people at all levels around the world opens exciting opportunities and helps me to be able to learn about countries which I never even knew existed.

    The company thrives on good team work, and employs people who are committed to the cause.

    Cons

    Things can move a little bit more slowly here, but good ideas and recommendations are followed through in reasonable time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has undergone a change of Directorship and has understood the need to diversify and change its Strategies to enable its staff to gain a clear understanding of the challenges ahead. The leadership needs to work with the new Directors to put this into practise as quickly as possible so that we can all pull together to meet the needs of our very important clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Turning the corner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for job satisfaction. Opportunities to see the impact of the work that you do when you visit projects particularly in Africa. The Ebola crisis highlights how important the work that we do is. Most people share the same passion and work ethic. There are opportunities for advancement for those who show commitment and professionalism. I've been here for three years and have moved up 3 grades.

    Cons

    Mismanaged for a couple of years when decisions seemed to be taken on or whim or to protect the "old boys network". Jobs for people rather than people for jobs. This is changing but too slowly. Retains some of the bureaucracy of the public sector organisation it used to be. Personal development particularly leadership training very weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that we are turning the corner step on the accelerator and implement the changes that the company needs quickly. Short sharp pain is better than a long drawn out ache. Act like leaders and make sure managers are leading their teams - if they can't cut it be ruthless. There are a lot of people who are more than capable of stepping up to the plate and are held back by a few managers who don't have the best interests of the company at heart - just their own.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A shameful tale

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Agents

    Pros

    The company aims and what it delivers throughout the world in terms of international development and emergency response are fantastic. There are some excellent, experienced and highly motivated staff.

    Cons

    Senior management is utterly incompetent and borderline criminally negligent in how the business has been run for the last 2-3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign! You have taken a highly respectable and effective organization to the edge of meltdown through sheer incompetence. and negligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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