Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to intern if interested in international development

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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 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.  

    One of the Top 50 employers in Germany

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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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PR Intern in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Former Employee - PR Intern in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

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

    Pros

    Employer was easy going
    Lots of benefits
    there was very less work pressure
    Fun working environment
    Fun and Friendly colleagues
    The pay was above average too.

    Cons

    Work was not related to the kind of experience I was looking for. Also I didn't see any room for myself there after the internship would be over.

  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Factory of mediocrity, arrogance and negativity.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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