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British Council CEO Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane
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  • "Very low salary, not flexible thinking within the management team(in 20 reviews)

  • "Performance management and evaluation lacking transparency- especially for senior management teams(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "British Council a great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator in Tunis, MI
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at British Council full-time for more 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.

    British Council2018-03-06
  2. "A great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

    British Council2018-04-29
  3. "BC Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, creative, challenging work environment. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Challenging to cut through bureacracy

    British Council2018-04-26
  4. "great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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

    British Council2018-02-07
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive, fun, flexible environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 6 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...

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    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.

    British Council2018-01-26
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Cultural relations? Try cultural imperialism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce overseas postings. The people you put in place believe that British colonial structure still works.

    British Council2017-09-27
  7. Helpful (4)

    "British Council undergoing massive transition"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a local, US-based expert in non-profit fundraising

    British Council2017-09-07
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at British Council part-time

    Pros

    People here provide great support!

    Cons

    There are no cons yet

    British Council2017-08-17
  9. Helpful (7)

    "A secure place to work"

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    Current Employee - Exams in Spain, GA
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at British Council full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, security of the job, nice environment. It depends from one department to another... there are more off days comparing to the local legal ones.

    Cons

    Senior manager are former teachers with no business strategy although there is a need of a strategic direction especially for the zero grant countries......and not only....

    British Council2017-06-06
  10. "Project assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at British Council part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet key stakeholders from leading organizations in foreign relations.

    Cons

    More responsibilities should be passed on to project assistants, allowing for professionals development.

    Advice to Management

    Providing professional development to interns and project assistants would be more productive and beneficial to all parties.

    British Council2017-06-03
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