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Updated May 29, 2017
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  1. "Great experience but some issues"

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

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

    Pros

    Varied experiences, committed people, trying to put good policies in place,flexi-time, not too much pressure

    Cons

    Political, still some old-fashioned practices, some bullying and unpleasant behaviour

    Advice to Management

    Get the bullying under control


  2. "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people in this department, with good expertise. Flexible working options. Travel opportunities. Exposure to international organisations and the internal civil service. DFID pays better than most other Civil Service Departments

    Cons

    Progression is limited for certain jobs unless you actively want to join management e.g. Programme management, Technical advisors. Still working on Diversity.

  3. "A2 adviser"

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    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good objective, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political, huge workloads

    Advice to Management

    Stop meddling and let the experts get on with it.


  4. "Unique job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Economist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are genuinely nice, dedicated to DFID, and good at what they do. There is (or at least was) a real espirit de corps, especially in the country office. Travel, often to some pretty interesting locations, is a big plus.

    Cons

    As you'd expect in the civil service, a lot of things about DFID are a bit antiquated. Management culture, ways of working, IT systems are always likely to be five to ten years behind.

    Advice to Management

    Relative to most of the civil service, DFID is fairly modern and forward looking. But the gap to the private sector is too big to attract and keep talent.


  5. "Motivated staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Driven high quality colleagues who share values and work ethic.

    Cons

    Not enough flexibility in terms to gain field country experience

    Advice to Management

    Create structures that allow more exchange with country offices and options for sabbaticals to gain real field experience


  6. "Committed to results"

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

    Pros

    efficient team motivated and ambitious in a difficult environment

    Cons

    micro management sometimes slows down project implementation

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Senior Livelihoods Adviser"

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    Current Employee - Senior Livelihoods Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Livelihoods Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Changing the world, highly respected aid organisation, great colleagues

    Cons

    Becoming more inward looking and risk averse, and a decline in operational delivery as more funding is pushed through expensive consultancy companies

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff more authority but make them more responsible for their decisions.

  8. "Work style"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people management, good structure and career progression.

    Cons

    Barriers in terms of nationality and certain jobs you are allowed to apply for.


  9. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues at all levels
    Flexible work patterns
    Well respected around the world
    Reasonably good learning and development
    Global possibilities

    Cons

    Short term politicians deciding strategic direction (can't change that)
    Large pay differences between lower grades with no scaling


  10. "Great people and excellent learning opportunities"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great, competent colleagues

    Excellent learning opportunities

    Flexibility on working pattern

    Prestigious, respected organisation

    good exposure to external partners

    Cons

    Still a governmental department, so sometimes work is politicised

    Priorities change rapidly and affect your work

    Duplication of work

    External communication isn't always great

    Advice to Management

    Clearer priorities would help staff to maximise effort


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