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Crown Agents Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, very committed to our work in the various sectors that we work in (in 6 reviews)

  • A great place to work for anyone wanting to pursue a career in international development (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No direction or commitment from the senior management, particularly the executive team who are never around to see or hear what's going on anyway (in 6 reviews)

  • Can be a little snow in decision making (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very committed to our work in the various sectors that we work in

    Cons

    Unclear how decisions get made despite there being systems in place for decision-making

    Advice to Management

    more transparency


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Understanding between offices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get exposure to working with a variety of different donors - USAID, DFID, MCC, etc. Small teams mean that everyone is substantively involved in the project work.

    Cons

    Control from the home office in the U.K. means that the US office is rarely in charge of its own destiny. The U.K. office imposes its own policies and procedures on the U.S. office, but they do not always correspond to the U.S. market. Management is in constant turnover, which affects the overall atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees' understanding of their marketplace, and use their knowledge to inform your decision making.

    Crown Agents Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – HR Director

    Thank you for working with CA-USA and taking time to share your feedback. It's great that our collaborative, small teams made an impression.

    Respectfully, it's not accurate to say that CA-USA... More

  3. "Good place to get started"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crown Agents part-time

    Pros

    Been in business a long time and great customer base

    Cons

    Not a lot of interaction between employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  4. "A Great Work Enviornment!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work because the corporate culture is one of collaboration, sharing and development.

    Cons

    Lengthy discussions and debates before even the smallest of decisions are decided upon.


  5. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kind, hardworking employees with commitment to integrity

    Cons

    Very highly paid consultants that oftentimes don't justify their fee

    Advice to Management

    Invest and nurture junior and mid-level employees through growth opportunities, opportunities for training and skills development, greater freedom to travel as needed


  6. "If you are dedicated to International Development, this is the organization for you!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Centuries of experience in providing development expertise
    Broad footprint across the globe
    Excellent people policies and practices

    Cons

    Keeping up with the demand is always a challenge, and International Development is becoming more demanding

    Advice to Management

    More success stories about our work and the impact on clients (governments, as well as the people they serve)


  7. "Thet treat staff very well, particularly emphasizing the importance of Human Resources by hiring experienced HR leaders"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People focus! CAUSA makes HR a priority and is very responsive to staff requests and needs.

    Cons

    Lot of work to do to build business winning capability

    Advice to Management

    Avoid micro managing your experienced staff!

  8. "A positive place to work"

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    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Crown Agents full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have experienced great opportunities for growth at Crown Agents USA; I feel that senior management has my best interest in mind and has taken a vested interest in my career goals. CA-USA also provides work/life balance, great benefits and a friendly/open environment.

    Cons

    I have worked at Crown Agents USA for over a year. In this time, I have seen the company, and the DC office, undergo a lot of change. We are currently in the process of transforming our processes and making changes to our structure. Though this could make some feel uneasy, senior management has become more transparent and the changes being made seem to be well thought out and focused on establishing a more stable company for the future.


  9. "Great For Mid-level Professional!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Agents (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Dynamic coworkers - particularly strong hires within the past 1 year and new president has strong ideas
    -Emphasis on personal and professional development - both formal (reimbursement for training, etc.) and informal (department leads take the time to explain to you the "why' or share experiences)
    -Excellent work/life balance (23 PTO days and a flexible schedule)
    -Great benefits (including metro)
    -The company makes a quantifiable impact on the developing world and the projects are fascinating

    Cons

    -Still developing corporate culture -- there has been a recent increase in the number of happy hours/social events and I genuinely like my coworkers but the company lacks some of the culture and fun that larger organizations are able to offer
    -Just recently beginning to receive autonomy from the UK office - certainly will be a positive when everything is ironed out

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the good work to define CA-USA as an independent entity


  10. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment. People were great to work with. Very smart talented and focused.

    Cons

    Top decision makers make questionable decisions


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