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"It's a government job, without all the government benefits"

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Former Employee - Trade & Investment Officer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Trade & Investment Officer in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time

Pros

Access to leaders and decision makers within US companies and some UK government officials.
The training and learning programs.
Co-workers are fun and knowledgeable.

Cons

IT systems are painfully slow and restrictive, but they are working on a big overhaul.
Staff is pulled in many directions because of matrix structure (three bosses with competing priorities).
The administrative leader for each post (Head of Trade and Investment) have no upward mobility - the good ones leave for Industry, and the bad ones stay because they can't get a better job.

Advice to Management

Put term limits of Heads of Trade and Investment. It's the bad ones that drive good officers away.

Other Employee Reviews for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and stimulating working environment where you engage on a daily basis with intelligent colleagues and complex policy issues. Opportunity to travel and work overseas. Training and support to develop strong transferable skills in public affairs, communications, advocacy etc. Very supportive of flexible working.

    Cons

    Pay scales are the lowest amongst Whitehall departments, and low in comparison to similar professional roles in the private sector. This is offset across a career by higher earnings overseas. Extremely competitive: career progression can be slow and working for Ministers or in higher profile policy areas can be highly pressurised.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to weed out bullies and clueless 'gifted amateurs' at senior levels. Keep pushing for pay parity with the rest of Whitehall. And most importantly assert FCO centrality on foreign policy!


  2. "Climate Change and Energy Intern"

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

    I have been working at Foreign and Commonwealth Office part-time

    Pros

    Friendly and flexible working environment, head of department Ms. Camilla is really nice and accommodating

    Cons

    Pantry is too simple without any food or snacks :(

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