British Council - Inclusive environment, but poor internal progression | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Inclusive environment, but poor internal progression"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  1. "great experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator 
    Recommends

    I worked at British Council full-time

    Pros

    best team, lots of flexibility, broad scope of program

    Cons

    can be a bit bureaucratic in nature

    British Council2019-07-27
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Employees always required to do extra roles but support and recognition poor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at British Council full-time

    Pros

    Some Creative employees, flexible work hours (unless you get a LM from hell), opportunity to crash test new skillsets

    Cons

    No support from management, management resistant to change, undertrained managers, lack of investment, senior managers waste money on vanity projects, top down management, complacent management, sense of entitlement from senior managers

    Advice to Management

    Wake up before it’s too late

    British Council2019-08-05

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