Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

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Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. International cooperation agency that is worth working to.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training time had a progressive curve of including daily job tasks. The team was hard working, efficient and always ready to help. The whole team was really nice to work with. Salary was good enough.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was erratic, working far from the family is always a topic to be extra careful about, but it is also a choice. Also extra working-hours were quite common, however accounted later in the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    High hierarchy decision making and bureaucracy can slow down productivity of employees.

  2. Great place to intern if interested in international development

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  3. Interesting work, can be slow and frustrating

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

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting job and exciting projects

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucratic and slow moving

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  5. Good to gain international experience

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

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice colleagues, interesting projects, international experience

    Cons

    budget restrictions, sometimes chaotic, little opportunity for moving up

    Advice to Management

    good work-life balance

  6. Good first working experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Internship in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Former Intern - Internship in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great exposure to fieldwork, lots of people committed to development initiatives, professional environment

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, strange working culture dominated by very young and very old supervisors, supervisors do not take so much time to mentor

    Advice to Management

    In order to work for GIZ, target a specific country project and program and email the person who is responsible for the project as they may have employment or internship opportunitie available

  7. Great company and high quality of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in New Delhi (India)

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - International working environment
    - Opportunity to work with German colleagues, really changes you for good or for bad
    - Excellent networking opportunities. Opens every door for you, you can imagine
    - topics like energy and environment that the company works in are really cutting edge work - industry analysis and policy advisory are just amazing elements you will find in your job

    Cons

    - Loads of office politics, but we live in a real world, don't we?
    - Speed of execution sometimes slow, due to over dependence on slow-moving ministries
    - Contract based employment so continuity is difficult .Even if you make a rapport with the higher-ups, they shift every three years thereby taking your reputation along with them.

    Advice to Management

    The contract based employment

  8. One of the most important stepping stones of my career, in terms of experience, knowledge and self-growth

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very kind and supportive and everyone is treated like they are part of a family, the atmosphere is very lively and no one is left feeling excluded. Everyone is treated equally in all aspects, be it meetings, programs etc., because there is so much respect among every member of staff

    Cons

    Lunch is not provided, as each employee is responsible for their own meal.

    Advice to Management

    The management is very efficient and professional

  9. very detailed and results driven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Abuja Nigeria (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Abuja Nigeria (Nigeria)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    competitive and friendly working environment

    Cons

    salaries and benefits of the national staff quite poor compared to the colleagues in the head office. staff policies do not reflect the circumstances of the country. high tendency of staff to get fustrated

    Advice to Management

    need to look more closely at the national policy and reflect such in the operational policies of the company. otherwise, the company will just be a breeding ground for good professional who will leave once accomplished in the art

  10. One of the Top 50 employers in Germany

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Officer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Officer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment; good balance between modern management and public sector background; company's values; inter-cultural competences

    Cons

    Short-term contracts; diffuculty of getting a indefinite contract; weak incentives for day-to-day performance

    Advice to Management

    GIZ's most valuable resources are its personnel and their experiences. Letting so many of them go does not seem to be a very efficient method of managing those resources. Please reconsider your personnel policies.

  11. I have worked in GIZ-India for close to two and a half years .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great halting station if you are planning to do Masters/ PhD abroad as you get a warming up in intercultural set up.
    2. Good place to work to learn management skills at early stages of career
    3. Advisable to work for not more that 2 years.
    2. Office parties are amazing

    Cons

    1. Lack of strategic clarity in the country offices
    2. Great disparity between the German and the Indian staff.
    3. Extremely ill informed top management. So, the talented lot who works under these mediocre bosses will not have much to learn.
    4. Contractual jobs: Your 'AVs'(bosses) may decide to terminate your contract anytime they wish to without giving you any sound rationale.

    Advice to Management

    1. Please do not send the worse of the German lots to India. We are an intelligent nation who would like to deal with sharp bunch of people.
    2. Please have a quality check of the qualification of people who work here.
    3.Please do not send culturally insensitive people with low emotional quotient in a country like India.

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