Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

www.dfat.gov.au
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Very diverse

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Desk Officer in Canberra (Australia)
Current Employee - Desk Officer in Canberra (Australia)
Recommends

Pros

Opportunities are the world. Strong culture for personal growth and hard work. Opportunities to travel on postings around the world.

Cons

Personal management limited... managers limit people management skills in general. Culture is structured centralised and traditional. Obviously departmentalised and rigid corporate formation for results.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great, amazing work promoting Australia. Culture with middle managers need to improve with people management to enhance corporate culture.

Other Employee Reviews for Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  1. Helpful (1)

    DFAT is a good place to work, provided you are interested in a career in International Relations rather than just a job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Graduate in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Prospect of overseas posting to Embassies around the world. - Chance to undertake varied and (somewhat) interesting work. - Good opportunities for professional development - Excellent place to develop communication skills (i.e. writing, public speaking, etc). - The majority of the people you work with are very professional - not much of the 'slacking' that is typical of the Public Service.

    Cons

    - A very hierarchical, bureaucratic and political workplace. - A lot of 'lifers' who are resident to change still remain in the department. - Slow promotion due to the slow turnover of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be less resistant to change. Pay more attention to the administration of the department (e.g. adopt standard operating procedures). Cultivate a more transparent promotion / posting procedure, as it will certainly boost staff morale.


  2. Hard work but rewarding & with some great co-workers.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - APS V Passport Officer in Canberra (Australia)
    Former Employee - APS V Passport Officer in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding work, with some client contact, & a feeling that you're doing something that's really worthwhile. Great job satisfaction & flexible hours that you often just don't get in the private sector.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard work & you occasionally encounter clients who don;t want to "follow the rules" There have also been some cases of staff who "abuse the system", thus making things more difficult for other staff members - but fortunately, these have usually been detected by managers, & those staff who were abusing the system were reprimanded. The independent recruitment firm which the Department uses often makes mistakes, but is not prepared to admit to them.

    Advice to Management

    Always ensure that any targets are realistic & keep a close eye on things to ensure that staff are not disadvantaged by other staff who are abusing the system. The independent recruitment firm which is used, probably needs to be changed, as it obviously makes mistakes during the recruitment process, which it is not prepared to admit to.


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