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"Very diverse"

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Current Employee - Desk Officer in Canberra (Australia)
Current Employee - Desk Officer in Canberra (Australia)
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Pros

Opportunities are the world.
Strong culture for personal growth and hard work.
Opportunities to travel on postings around the world.

Cons

Personal management limited... managers limit people management skills in general.
Culture is structured centralised and traditional.
Obviously departmentalised and rigid corporate formation for results.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great, amazing work promoting Australia. Culture with middle managers need to improve with people management to enhance corporate culture.

Other Employee Reviews for Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  1. Helpful (1)

    "DFAT is a good place to work, provided you are interested in a career in International Relations rather than just a job."

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    Current Employee - Graduate in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Graduate in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Prospect of overseas posting to Embassies around the world.
    - Chance to undertake varied and (somewhat) interesting work.
    - Good opportunities for professional development
    - Excellent place to develop communication skills (i.e. writing, public speaking, etc).
    - The majority of the people you work with are very professional - not much of the 'slacking' that is typical of the Public Service.

    Cons

    - A very hierarchical, bureaucratic and political workplace.
    - A lot of 'lifers' who are resident to change still remain in the department.
    - Slow promotion due to the slow turnover of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be less resistant to change. Pay more attention to the administration of the department (e.g. adopt standard operating procedures). Cultivate a more transparent promotion / posting procedure, as it will certainly boost staff morale.


  2. "Decent Condition, no promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade full-time

    Pros

    Great conditions overseas, and really interesting work. Culture is fairly flexible.

    Cons

    No promotions at all. Expect to be at a lower level than your experience would suggest.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people.

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