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It's a government job, without all the government benefits

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Former Employee - Trade & Investment Officer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Trade & Investment Officer in Washington, DC

I worked at British Consulate-General New York full-time

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

Pros

Access to leaders and decision makers within US companies and some UK government officials.
The training and learning programs.
Co-workers are fun and knowledgeable.

Cons

IT systems are painfully slow and restrictive, but they are working on a big overhaul.
Staff is pulled in many directions because of matrix structure (three bosses with competing priorities).
The administrative leader for each post (Head of Trade and Investment) have no upward mobility - the good ones leave for Industry, and the bad ones stay because they can't get a better job.

Advice to Management

Put term limits of Heads of Trade and Investment. It's the bad ones that drive good officers away.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Know these things before you accept a job here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Consulate-General New York full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing I can say that's positive about this employer. See below for more info.

    Cons

    There are many downsides with accepting a job in the USA to work for the British Government. 1. Employees are treated like independent contractors. That means you get taxed extra and you have to file your own taxes quarterly. It's a major pain. 2. If you leave the job, you will not be eligible for Unemployment benefits because they are not a billable employer. 3. Numerous employees state they have been harassed by coworkers and/or supervisors. 4. The HR people are rude and will go out of their way to make things difficult. They only follow policies when it is favorable to the organization are never look out for the best interests of the employee. 5. The organization reserves the right to fire people without just cause. That means they can fire you for any reason (or no reason). 5. The wages are not competitive. Every year there is a minimal raise (1-3%) and some people may be eligible for a one time performance bonus. However, there are caps on how many people can get those bonuses. So even if you have stellar performance, you may not get anything.

    Mostly - the British Government acts like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to work for them. It's a very disrespectful and demoralizing environment.


  2. Poor pay and everyone's expendable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Consulate-General New York

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

    Pros

    A good group of overqualified, underpaid colleagues make the work day enjoyable. Can't really say there are any other benefits

    Cons

    It's not a matter of IF you'll be fired, just WHEN it will happen. The policies are draconian and there are so many areas that people can get tripped up by. Really low salaries, little room for advancement for non-British nationals. Many complain about being bullied at work. You have to pay 30% (or more) in taxes, and you have to pay the IRS quarterly because they don't withhold taxes from your paycheck. I actually get to keep less money working at there than if I made the same salary anywhere else.


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