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FCO Services Reviews

Updated November 8, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work for a little while"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Private Secretary
    Current Employee - Private Secretary
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at FCO Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work, good benefits

    Cons

    Pay isn't equal to that of other consulates and embassies, regularly asked to do "more with less" despite frequent budget cuts and staffing cuts


  2. "Not bad but poor pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secure Technical Services Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Secure Technical Services Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FCO Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Travel the world either based in the UK on short trips 1-5 weeks or be posted overseas for 4 years.
    Senior management staff engagement

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Bureaucratic
    Not good at dealing with underperforming staff

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay, you can't run like a private company and pay civil service salaries.

  3. "basic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexi working is the only pro

    Cons

    montonous, boring, not good, sad


  4. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to travel abroad

    Cons

    Salary is below industry standard


  5. "FCO Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a Trading Fund it is an interesting place to work because it is a commercial organisation wholly owned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    Cons

    Being public sector wage growth is restricted and many senior roles are recruited externally leaving little scope for career progression at higher levels.


  6. "HR manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Poole, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Poole, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and give importance to people initiatives

    Cons

    Tight budgets and government cuts decide everything


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Deceptively poor."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Management Apprentice in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Management Apprentice in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCO Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gym on site.
    Potential to switch roles after 4 years

    Cons

    Deceitful application process, they like to think they are secret service, so will refuse to tell you even basic outlines of job roles until your start date.
    Boring work
    Misled info about post apprenticeship wage (reality was just over half as initially lead to beleive)
    Wage isn't enough to live comfortably in the MK postcode area.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your application process, actually give information about the day to day role, instead of basic abstracted info mixed with bias opinions from boring people saying it's exciting work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely demanding work for low pay and little reward. Culture poor in places"

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

    Pros

    Subsidised nusery on site. Organisation does some very intetesting work.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, pay very low, felt under appreciated

    Advice to Management

    See above


  9. "Good service."

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCO Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good service at the organization. Good people. Good environment. Diversity is its most beautiful aspect. Flexible work hours for employees.

    Cons

    Uncertainty for LE staff. Not sure if promotion prospects or not. Some have not recommended this job. But is seems good.

    Advice to Management

    More job security for LE staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "See the world but at what price?"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FCO Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your role you will travel overseas, sometimes very regularly to lots of interesting places. If travelling overseas is your motivation, apart from Cabin Crew for an airline, this maybe the place for you!

    Cons

    A civil service culture that is supposed to think commercially - not all colleagues buy into that way of thinking. Career progression as a 'specialist' limited, promotion not based on merit but fitting into civil service competencies. Frustrating if you want to progress in your chosen profession - too much focus on management and process.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your specialists with respect, award good work with meaningful promotion - stop rewarding incompetence.