GIZ Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to intern if interested in international development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GIZ 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.  

    Professional Organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at GIZ 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
  3.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at GIZ 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Factory of mediocrity, arrogance and negativity.

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    Former Employee - Junior Technical Advisor in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Junior Technical Advisor in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at GIZ 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
  6.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Private Sector Development in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Current Employee - Private Sector Development in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I have been working at GIZ as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    International exposure, smart people, possibility to follow own projects, work across different teams. Clear goals from the ministry. Nice office locations and good social life in the company

    Cons

    Technocratic and slow, not always results orientated. No good training opportunities for interns and lack of contact to country directors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A nice to place to gain experience in policy work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at GIZ as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel to various domestic places and Germany. Also a lot of work is in coalition with the government (Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) which gives a chance for a lot of networking. The work atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

    Cons

    Since the work involves working with governments, a lot of projects can fall between the bureaucracy and not deliver as expected. The salaries are not very competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Advisor in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)
    Current Employee - Programmer Advisor in Juba, Baḩr al Jabal (Sudan)

    I have been working at GIZ as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professionalism is accorded rightful recognition

    Cons

    Familiarity with German language is often setback in official (email) communication).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give 1 month exclusive German language induction before work deployment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Standards and Curriculum Expert in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Standards and Curriculum Expert in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    I have been working at GIZ full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of experts from all over the world. This allows you to develop some very strategic relationships.

    You get to work on national projects with governments and private sector clients within a friendly atmosphere.

    GIZ invest in your personal development to help you do your job

    Cons

    At the mid and top management there is a lot of turf wars which sometimes spoil relationhsips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the politics within the bounds of professionalism

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    functions exactly like the bureaucracies its german workforce likes to complain about

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Expert in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Expert in New Delhi (India)

    I have been working at GIZ full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nothing for an Indian staff. dont bother applying

    Cons

    - german staff treat locals as if they are second rate plebians. major neo nazism.
    - no prospects for upward growth
    - projects are not adequately monitored by country director's teams. therefore the projects run like dictatorships, often led by 'AVs' who are thoroughly unprofessional
    - poor intellectual culture within the organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the conduct of the german international staff is disgraceful, and can be interpreted as racist. dire need for internal reflection.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, and handsome pay for the easy peasy kind of work I did there.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Planning Intern in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at GIZ as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    German colleagues, European work culture, Easy peasy work. Saturday-Sunday off, Lots of office parties, great exposure to global industry.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Personally I'm not going to continue there only because I have greater interests in starting a firm of my own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job. Keep it going.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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