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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Employess are hired on contract basis so employment is not permanent (in 4 reviews)

  • der Einstellungsprozess dauert eine kleine Ewigkeit und die Arbeit h (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Strategy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enormous reach across the developing world, the best expertise in every single development sector, trusted advisor to governments and non-profits all over the world

    Cons

    Still caught up in a large reorganization that has caused uncertainty and inefficiencies all around. But they will work it out -- they always have

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to global views and work styles -- still very "German" in style and language, which is an obstacle


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and learn"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Less than a year)

    Pros

    GIZ has a very open environment and employees here get the chance to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Employess are hired on contract basis so employment is not permanent.

  3. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - International Environment
    - Interesting Projects
    - Sustainability

    Cons

    - Development Opportunities could be better


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent first experience in the international development sector and contributing to new project conceptualization and implementation phases. The type of work assignments and involvement depends on each project and team. I was fortunate to start working with a brand new project and had a very inclusive and cohesive team in which I contributed to all aspects of the project planning.

    Cons

    There was a lot of bureaucracy and waiting to hear back from headquarters before the project could proceed. I would have liked to have worked more in the field and at a grassroots level, which is probably more feasible with NGOs or smaller organizations.


  5. "International cooperation agency that is worth working to."

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    Former Employee - Junior Consultant
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training time had a progressive curve of including daily job tasks. The team was hard working, efficient and always ready to help. The whole team was really nice to work with. Salary was good enough.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was erratic, working far from the family is always a topic to be extra careful about, but it is also a choice. Also extra working-hours were quite common, however accounted later in the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    High hierarchy decision making and bureaucracy can slow down productivity of employees.


  6. "Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Idealism, International exposure, Access to knowledge,

    Cons

    No clear career path for national personnel


  7. "Program Administrator"

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

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time

    Pros

    Work in a multicultural enviroment , learn new processes.

    Cons

    less oportunity for national employers to work in GIZ around the World.

    Advice to Management

    Give more chance to national staff to Exchange experiences in other countries.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interns are mostly engaged with interesting tasks and international projects. You do have the opportunity to learn a lot from others.

    Cons

    Due to the amount of work, although you are intern you might end up working extra hours specially if your internship is abroad.

    Advice to Management

    It would not hurt to maintain closer relationships with interns and to establish an internal process for giving feedback and helping interns succeed.


  9. "Senior Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International Environment, highly inspiring field of work, creative and challenging tasks

    Cons

    international carreer comes with chaallenges for balancing private and professional life (e.g., occasional changes of location)


  10. "Interesting, international work and career opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - International atmosphere
    - Projects all around the world
    - Flexible programme adjustment
    - Career development, pay and benefits
    - Interesting projects

    Cons

    - Lack of "learning-from-mistakes"-culture
    - High workload


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