Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to intern if interested in international development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    GIZ pays interns well for German standards. The work environment is great, both in terms of the colleagues (very young and international) and in terms of the work environment. The company watches out for their employees' health -- way more than I have ever seen in the US. Interns get 2 days of vacation per month if the internship is longer than 90 days. Interns even got extra days of to participate in a intern trip to Vienna to visit other international organizations.

    Cons

    The work was very administrative. This could however be very specific to my unit. The work I did was not very integrated into the team effort which meant I didn't know too much about what was going on in the unit as a whole.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Professional and very much concerned for staff developemnt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company pay specific attention to staff development and moral boost-up. Project has the maximum authority for staff development and quality of services rendered

    Cons

    Since most of the project enjoy maximum power for staff development and job, sometime if the individual manager has lack of capacity might be bad experiences for the staff as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall company goal or priority setting sometime one directional not based on the country specific need

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very renown internationally, but field offices can be limited in capacity and strategic coherence

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern

    Pros

    Received a lot of responsibility and freedom to conduct an independent project.
    Nice staff.

    Cons

    Ineffective coordination and insufficient oversight of projects by the national office director (in a eastern European / central Asian country).
    Poor communication flows within the office and particularly in relation to national & local partners for project implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure better integration of strategy and operations. Improve coordination of planning with national and local authorities and management bodies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Project Assistant (in an Asian country)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - great to gain outstanding experiences in policy work
    - lots of responsibility
    - not that "sacred" like it looks from the outside

    Cons

    (might be different in other departments)

    - not that "sacred" like it looks from the outside
    - huge inequality issues regarding the treatment of local and German staff
    - the working hours mentioned in your contract should rather be considered as minimum working time

  6.  

    Professional Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will have lots opportunities to learn and exchange experience with many kind of professionals. If your goal of LIFE is personal development, GIZ is one of the challenging workplaces I would recommend!

    Cons

    Because GIZ is non-profit organization, you cannot aim for getting higher benefits for the more efforts you provided -- Different from other private company principle that "the more you do, the more you gain". However, it is also good for you to keep balance between work and life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly stuff, competitive salary, ethical organisation

    Cons

    Hard to get a permanent position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paperwork could be further decreased

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Factory of mediocrity, arrogance and negativity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Advisor in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Advisor in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nothing. The HR is a bunch of subversive, ill qualified folk with no spine. There is zero accountability. Money is thrown around to hire extremely mediocre german experts for very high sums of money, just to meet record keeping requirements. the work has literally zero impact. its amazing what a total hogwash this organization is.

    Cons

    1. Very poor internal culture. The leadership lacks the awareness/inclination to address the issue. You feel like you are in colonial India, except the managements are ill qualified buffoons with zero idea of the Indian context or even development. This in itself takes away from any pros, which for a reasonably self motivated professional, are none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure. do an intensive cultural orientation to your staff before sending them in tropes to other countries. Reflect. Correct. What are you set out to do? Hire people from Ivy Leagues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Private Sector Development in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Current Employee - Private Sector Development in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    International exposure, smart people, possibility to follow own projects, work across different teams. Clear goals from the ministry. Nice office locations and good social life in the company

    Cons

    Technocratic and slow, not always results orientated. No good training opportunities for interns and lack of contact to country directors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A nice to place to gain experience in policy work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel to various domestic places and Germany. Also a lot of work is in coalition with the government (Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) which gives a chance for a lot of networking. The work atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

    Cons

    Since the work involves working with governments, a lot of projects can fall between the bureaucracy and not deliver as expected. The salaries are not very competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Advisor in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)
    Current Employee - Programmer Advisor in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professionalism is accorded rightful recognition

    Cons

    Familiarity with German language is often setback in official (email) communication).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give 1 month exclusive German language induction before work deployment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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