British Council Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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British Council Chief Executive Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane
219 Ratings
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  1. "great experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator 
    Recommends

    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    best team, lots of flexibility, broad scope of program

    Cons

    can be a bit bureaucratic in nature

  2. "It is what it is..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at British Council

    Pros

    Location is close to travel to other countries Only 6 core days a month of work, all other days are top-offs A lot of time to do other things Lots of travel opportunities Potentially high-paying job Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Potentially not getting enough hours/top-off days Too much traveling can be tedious Repetitive work Too much bureaucracy at work

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Employees always required to do extra roles but support and recognition poor"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Some Creative employees, flexible work hours (unless you get a LM from hell), opportunity to crash test new skillsets

    Cons

    No support from management, management resistant to change, undertrained managers, lack of investment, senior managers waste money on vanity projects, top down management, complacent management, sense of entitlement from senior managers

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  4. "A great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, interesting projects and room for growth

    Cons

    Due to the size of the organization, changes don't happen quickly.

  5. "BC Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, creative, challenging work environment. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Challenging to cut through bureacracy

  6. Helpful (1)

    "British Council a great working environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator in Tunis, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in international environment. The British Council offers a unique opportunity to develop highly transferable skills in various fields including management, teaching, IT, Monitoring & evaluation, events etc...

    Cons

    The BC is currently facing financial issue due to Brexit that resulted in a total managerial restructuring.

  7. "great experience"

    5.0
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at British Council part-time

    Pros

    nice pay; training provided; take employee's feedback seriously

    Cons

    works were simple but workload was a little heavy

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive, fun, flexible environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is wonderful camaraderie among the staff. Colleagues are supportive of each other and develop close friendships. The mission of the organisation is morally admirable and everyone who works there believes in it. There is the opportunity to be creative and flexible in terms of coming up with ideas for projects: a colleague once described it as 'choose your own adventure'. The work is constantly changing and stays interesting. There's an excellent benefits package, flexible working, and lots of fun perks including career development opportunities (in terms of broadening experience, rather than rising up the ranks).

    Cons

    Some colleagues get burnt out and overwhelmed from the workload. Compensation is on the low side because it is public sector, and there is little opportunity for most staff to progress past a certain level.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Cultural relations? Try cultural imperialism"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council

    Pros

    Working with some amazing people - I truly mean this!

    Cons

    When UK managers make fun of your culture, and religion, it devalues your brand. I had one UK leader explain that they know more about my own religion than me. They proceeded to call my culture violent, and the people stupid.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "British Council undergoing massive transition"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Great people on the team, opportunities to work with high level partners

    Cons

    Disorganized, too much process and bureaucracy, do not have a functioning business model or leadership who understands the challenges.

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