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British Council Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2019

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British Council CEO Ciarán Devane
Ciarán Devane
167 Ratings
  1. "Fab place to work"

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    Current Employee - Market Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel and build a global network Strong on diversity in the workplace Meet fabulous likeminded colleagues Significantly higher number of annual leave than other companies

    Cons

    Difficult to progress in the organisation - few jobs available and lots of talented people you are competing against, who generally have 20+ years more experience than you

    British Council2019-07-19
  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Advisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are very professional and nice

    Cons

    The pay could be higher.

    British Council2019-07-18
  3. "Customer management executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Managers are harsh , they demand you a lot

    British Council2019-07-18
  4. "okay"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at British Council part-time

      Pros

      good staff nice working hours it was okay

      Cons

      hectic kids can be rude

      British Council2019-07-17
    • "Interesting projects, little support"

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      Current Employee - Programmer Manager 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Interesting projects, travel, profile, impact

      Cons

      Lack of support, heavy work load, strange hierarchy

      British Council2019-07-16
    • "NA"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at British Council full-time

        Pros

        Good environment, Nice appraisal

        Cons

        Internal management conflict, internal management politics,

        British Council2019-07-16
      • "Noble causes, poor internal communciation"

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        Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sofia
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Friendly attitude of fellow management, work on noble and can-relate-to causes, somehow flexible working hours

        Cons

        Poor internal communication, very uneven workload, non-competitive salaries

        Advice to Management

        Improve internal communication, hire with a better plan for career development

        British Council2019-07-15
      • "The People are great"

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        Former Employee - Operations Officer in Cardiff, Wales
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at British Council full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        The people who work here are like minded and fantastic, striving to help make the world a better place through international collaboration and engagement. Very supportive of flexible working and career progression opportunities.

        Cons

        There's a lot of office politics and corporate bureaucracy to put up with. The bonus pay by performance process is unfair and outdated and makes it hard to progress.

        British Council2019-07-15
      • "A good place to work for a few years, great opportunities to travel"

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        Former Employee - Teacher in London, England

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

        Pros

        Friendly staffroom, good colleagues and students

        Cons

        Salaries not in line with rising cost of living. Settling in period is a little rushed

        Advice to Management

        Continue to use feedback from colleagues to improve the setting in process

        British Council2019-07-12
      • "Great place to work"

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        Former Employee - Exams Coordinator 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        A friendly yet demanding environment

        Cons

        Some areas were understaffed, burdening already hardworking folks

        British Council2019-07-10
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