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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. "Interesting work, frustrating structures"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, multicultural and diverse working environment, generally supportive management, some travel opportunities depending on the post, for some posts travel requirements are high, access to interesting and influential people. Good if you are a specialist in a particular geography or discipline.

    Cons

    Complicated matrix management can mean that project ownership and accountabilities not always clear. Reduced funding means in some geographies programming decisions are unduly influenced by views of funders and stakeholders rather than core mission and vision. Salaries are low in comparison to expectations and working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the development opportunities and career opportunities available to locally- appointed staff. Be realistic in salary offers so you can attract and retain the talent needed.

    British Council2016-10-05
  2. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council

    Pros

    Great work environment, training opportunities and diverse nature of work. You meet a lot of different people from different backgrounds, which is what makes this place a great learning experience too.

    Cons

    standard big corporate issues, sometimes you get lost in the crowd, depending on the type of manager you report to. Everything follows a template structure so not much room for innovation unless its part of the role!

    British Council2016-05-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Council

    Pros

    Very good work environment amongst colleagues

    Cons

    Different work conditions and benefits for employees

    British Council2016-01-13
  4. "About the BC life"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Dhaka
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Council

    Pros

    Best multicultural work environment no one will able to give it to you.

    Cons

    They maintain some bureaucracy which will consume more time for work

    Advice to Management

    Need to shorten the work process be more efficient in work

    British Council2016-01-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "PM BC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at British Council

    Pros

    good Working environment, exchange of expertise and building trust between UK and worldwide

    Cons

    best benefits are only for UK appointed staff and salaries way below average

    British Council2015-10-18
  6. "An international organisation provide a nice working environment to its employees"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tsuen Wan
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice and protective working environment

    Cons

    Administrative works could be complicated at times.

    British Council2014-12-31
  7. "Great organisation to work for particularly around work life balance."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lagos

    I have been working at British Council

    Pros

    Great work environment, colleagues are super supportive and I love the casual dress code.

    Cons

    Decision making takes ages and career progression is slow or non existent for many business units. Opportunities to grow are few and far between.

    British Council2015-01-09
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Freelancer"

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    Former Employee - Freelancer(Invigilator and Usher) in New Delhi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Freelancer payscale, Flexible work environment

    Cons

    High Attrition Ratio Unprofessionalism No Growth Chart

    Advice to Management

    Connect with roots

    British Council2014-05-27
  9. "Satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Invigilator in Dhaka
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent payment, good work environment

    Cons

    no transportation facility, need to be more organized

    British Council2014-04-02
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inclusive environment, but poor internal progression"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Singapore
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly, international work environment with an emphasis on open communication and inclusiveness, has great staff benefits and supports employees in both professional and personal development. Internal courses open to staff for free/at discounted rates. Regional teams foster regular sharing of best practices and help synergise efforts (some teams more effective than others). Environmentally-conscious.

    Cons

    Pays well below market for non-teaching roles (especially if you are non-revenue generating), particularly in support departments. Poor prospects for internal progression (no internal promotions), though lateral transfers are possible. Not attractive for young executives looking for quick career growth. If you're not moving up after 2-3 years, move out, or you may find yourself stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Wasteful international travel is at odds with stagnant wages. Management should re-look at succession planning and staff grading systems.

    British Council2014-03-26
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