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Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. International cooperation agency that is worth working to.

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    • Senior Management
    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. Low Morale in GIZ Malawi- Hard place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Lilongwe (Malawi)
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Lilongwe (Malawi)

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

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

    Pros

    salary is reasonable, GIZ reputation, holidays - 7 weeks per year

    Cons

    civil service style organisation, extremely slow response from HQ- may takes 1 month for email replies, not dynamic organisation, work is office based, very low GIZ staff morale country wide, unfriendly place to work, few technical people, mostly administrators

    Advice to Management

    Management keep a very tight hold of their staff- a little more freedom and I think staff would respond, work and motivate better..


  3. Good learning environment, less monetary benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kathmandu (Nepal)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kathmandu (Nepal)

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

    Pros

    overall working and learning environment is good; good team spirit, general flexibility in the programme and opportunities for capacity development

    Cons

    relatively low pay scale; and no so much fringe benefits; discrepancy among national and international staff

    Advice to Management

    make the benefits more attractive, strengthen bond among national and international staff; follow coherent approach


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    Great place to be in at any stage in ones career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in New Delhi (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Independence, better HR policies than most firms, Brings in the best of public and private sector in place, Excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    Beyond a certain tenure the growth can be slow / stagnant especially for National personnel.

    Advice to Management

    The objective is to promote Indo-German cooperation, hence no real advice per se


  6. A good place to gain experiences, but maybe not a good choice for long-term career, especially if you are not a German

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Advisor in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Junior Advisor in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Got the opportunity to work with the quite high-ranking people in the ministries, some interesting technical training opportunities, good work-life balance

    Cons

    If you look for exciting challenge, self and career development, GIZ may not be the right one. The pace is rather slow, may be goof if you like comfort zone. No talent development program in place as well.

    Advice to Management

    Put more attention on the National Personnel's self and career development.


  7. Very positive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good professional expertise within organisation and exchange of information. Good cooperation between teams of experts.

    Cons

    Still a German dominated organsation


  8. junior officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nairobi (Kenya)

    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

    its a great organization to work for for the experience.

    Cons

    bad management {mafia run} especially head of departments towards junior staff

    Advice to Management

    the director should work on leadership skills in the management and give more support to junior staff


  9. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

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

    Pros

    many employee benefits, interesting works and good colleagues

    Cons

    salary is lower than other donors


  10. broker more than a specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

    Pros

    flexi time, good networks and connections, a few opportunities for international training; good international reputation; good network of specialists on board

    Cons

    lack of work structure; no avenues to rate higher management; no retirement or separation pay to new hires; career advancement for specialists is not high as it depends on where funding is high


  11. Interesting work, can be slow and frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    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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