Crown Agents
3.9 of 5 9 reviews
www.crownagents.com Sutton, United Kingdom 50 to 149 Employees

Crown Agents Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014

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Terence Jagger CBE


71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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It was a civilized and rational place to work with a high degree of input from staff and high motivation.

Staff Guy (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Crown Agents full-time for more than a year

ProsIt'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.

ConsTheir 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 Senior ManagementSeek 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.

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Crown Agents

ProsAs with many organizations, some wonderful people.

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

Advice to Senior Managementempower your people with authority and resources

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Generally Good Place to Work

Project Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Crown Agents

ProsTeam work is fostered by management

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

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is generally responsive to feedback, which is appreciated.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very mixed experience! Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good.

Various (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGave me the opportunity to travel and good on training. Good cameraderie at an operational level and many staff very committed and loyal. If you get a good line manager then you are fine - a bad one, you may as well forget any advancement.

ConsConstant change in internal structures is disruptive and there have been plenty. Very dysfunctional management of overseas operations and staff. Too UK-centric. Risk averse.
HR is basically a hire and fire department whose first answer to any question is usually no. Too bureaucratic in decision making processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevolve, delegate and simplify. You state frequently that CA staff are it's strength - back it up with actions - all too often you do not.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not too bad.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat salary, bonus and benefits. Employees generally lovely to deal with and talented.

ConsYou have to be seriously aware of the company politics, its easy to become a victim.

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

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Experience with Crown Agents was once in a life time achievement.

Intern (Former Employee)
Lahore (Pakistan)

I worked at Crown Agents as an intern for less than a year

ProsProfessional atmosphere, where people love to do their work work in time.

ConsLanguage could be one barrier for those who are not familiarize with British accent.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to adopt with local environment and come front when it comes to market your organization.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great place to work

Human Resource Administrator (Former Employee)

I worked at Crown Agents

Proslots of diversity in the work place,

Consgrowing company, must be able to deal with growth and change.

Advice to Senior Managementnone, great job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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salary increase

Implementayion (Current Employee)
Manila, Manila (Philippines)

I have been working at Crown Agents

Prosgood in terms of social treatment

Conslow sallary and no beniffits health care service

Advice to Senior Managementincrease the salary of the implementation team

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great small firm

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Crown Agents

ProsPeople, type of work, great offices

ConsNot really a big firm

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow the business

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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