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Updated Oct 11, 2018

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British Council CEO Ciarán Devane
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Highly political, bureacratic and inefficient"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, inefficiency, incompetence, politics, old fashioned hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Stop being "penny wise and pound foolish". Lots of petty cost cutting while simultaneously wasting thousands of pounds

    British Council2018-10-11
  2. "Programme Manager"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sometimes there are no clear direction and you feel confused on what they are trying to achieve. No institutionalized capacity development for staff

    Cons

    Flexibility of designing your project to suit you country or context

    British Council2018-06-16
  3. "Working for the British Council"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work I do is interesting and varied. There are opportunities to get involved in lots of different projects and types of work, including international travel. The organisations objectives and values are focused on making a positive difference in the world. The atmosphere in all the British Council offices I have visited in the UK and abroad was relaxed, friendly and fun. Working in partnership with other organisations...

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    Cons

    The wages are low compared to an equivalent position in the private sector. The pace of change is extremely slow in the organisation. Working through different levels of internal bureaucracy can been challenging and frustrating. At times the work-load means you are working at maximum capacity to deliver what you need to. Opportunities to advance to a more senior position can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting front-line project and programme delivery staff by increasing the pace of change and delivering business improvements more quickly.

    British Council2018-04-20
  4. "Great people and a great organisation"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse areas of work and lots of opportunities to try out different roles. There are three broad areas of work: English and Exams, Education and Society and Arts and Culture.

    Cons

    The industry is challenging at the moment so opportunities for growth are limited. Bottlenecks in decision making and lack of information sharing at corporate level makes it very difficult to work. Technology and tools are cumbersome so collabaorative working is very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Increase lag in decision making, make information more transparent and give workers the best tool to do their jobs. A demoralising aspect of the job is when focus keeps changing too soon and when obsolete plans are created and people know that it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.

    British Council2018-01-06
  5. "Programme Support Manager"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Support Manager in Nairobi

    I have been working at British Council for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family friendly work place . Provides valuable exposure to working in a multinational environment

    Cons

    Limited growth due to reliance on grant funds

    British Council2017-11-13
  6. Helpful (2)

    "immature processes across HR and finance in particular"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people but one or two bad eggs.

    Cons

    Over worked. Weak performance management across operations. Poor processes and weak management. Susceptible to fraud, nepotism, bullying (London office). Too many square pegs in round holes.

    Advice to Management

    Drop inefficient operations. Outsource your IT for exams development. Do something about the salary differentials between grades.

    British Council2016-12-10
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