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British Council Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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  • Work Life balance needs to be improved (in 15 reviews)

  • Senior management really appear to believe they are better than the people they manage (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company for beginners"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flushing, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flushing, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, super friendly environment. One will be able to achieve good work-life balance.

    Cons

    comparatively lower salaries and non aggressive company. Learning and development opportunities are rare and growth is very slow. Company is good for entry level jobs.


  2. "Head of Finance, HR and Resources"

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    Current Employee - HEAD of FINANCE, RESOURCES and Human Resources in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - HEAD of FINANCE, RESOURCES and Human Resources in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at British Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Regional Finance Analysis
    NGO Industry
    People development

    Cons

    Slow processes
    Clarity in Country Strategy
    Governance and Organization Sturcture

    Advice to Management

    Empower Management and Staff to execute
    Strategies for Staff Retention and Business Continuity
    Clear Goals and Incentive Models ffor the business


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good enough to be in your c.v, nothing more"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Examinations Services Officer in Jordan, MN
    Former Employee - Examinations Services Officer in Jordan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good medical coverage and there is job safety

    Cons

    They must practice what they preach, doesn't give chances to improve

    Advice to Management

    More British people in the management level


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  5. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Operations and Compliance in Egypt, ME
    Current Employee - Head of Operations and Compliance in Egypt, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They really consider developing staff, and consider their career development and safety

    Cons

    the work life balance is an issue, and it is really one big problem that staff face

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring and work load needs an immediate attention from management as the work life balance needs to be considered ASAP


  6. "Great mission, great people, huge opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Education in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing brand
    Amazing work
    The people are phenomenal

    Cons

    Funding concerns
    Usual big organisation stuff

    Advice to Management

    Resolve funding concerns.


  7. "World of Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues in offices around the world
    Global workforce community
    Supportive of teamwork, new ideas, and hard work
    Strong support of mission and purpose throughout staff
    Fantastic career opportunities to really leverage and grow your own talents

    Cons

    Experiences are different depending upon programs, offices and individuals.
    To provide "Cons" is to speak upon individual experience and cannot help inform potential employees of what their specific experience could be.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your mission and your team


  8. "Lovely colleagues, fairly low pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Examiner in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Examiner in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Helpful colleagues.
    Flexible job.
    There seem to be lots of opportunities to not exactly progress, but to take on various roles.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low considering you need postgraduate level qualification for the position.
    Zero hours contract - usually plenty of work, but it varies and I've had weeks, particularly around January, when there was no work at all.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, the ones that I deal with are very good.


  9. "Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was great to be a teacher there

    Cons

    The students were very happy to be there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do anything, you're doing great the way it is


  10. "Exams Service Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Good welfare, 22 days annual leaves.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain really as long as you enjoy a slow space of work.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Don't do it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks OK on your CV

    Cons

    Get in, get it on your CV, get a DELTA, than get out and enjoy life, I've never met any ex-BC employee who regrets leaving.

    Advice to Management

    BC Values mean nothing, this is how cults work!!


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