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Updated Sep 1, 2021

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4.0
80%
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72%
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
52 Ratings
Pros
  • "Embassy has excellent working environment and seriously respects work-life balance(in 44 reviews)

  • "Ambient working environment and a supportive(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Limited career growth for locally engaged staff but that is to be expected(in 13 reviews)

  • "Salaries are not competitive compared to other diplomatic missions and international organizations(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Influencing policy from the heart of government

      Jan 11, 2021 - Team Leader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Travel the world; learn foreign languages; influence the stories behind the headlines

      Cons

      Public sector pay can't compete with the private sector, and austerity has removed some of the gloss from the overall package.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great entry level position

      May 12, 2021 - Science and Innovation Officer in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Knowledgeable staff working on science innovation.

      Cons

      Management in other departments was toxic.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great organization as a stepping stone

      Mar 19, 2021 - Head of Public Affairs in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Depending on the head of mission, you can have a great deal of autonomy. You're exposed to a lot of high-level contacts and events and work on some really interested projects.

      Cons

      Not a lot of room for advancement and pay is not great.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good

      Feb 22, 2021 - Senior Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      nice work&life balance. Good platform for networking

      Cons

      Not enough developnent and promotion opportunities for local staff

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good

      Apr 26, 2021 - Vice Consul in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of learning, nice staff

      Cons

      visit programs, paid less than market rate

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Lovely place to work

      Dec 27, 2020 - Business Analyst in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are amazing to work with

      Cons

      There are no cons to place here

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Be sure you have made the right decision

      May 18, 2020 - Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get to put your experience here on a resume, you may even get a position that allows you to make meaningful change and really help people. Weekly opportunities to listen in and even participate in discussions across a broad spectrum of issues, and maybe learn valuable skills. HR genuinely cares and everyone that I met in both departments were amazing people. If you have a problem they listen.

      Cons

      Essentially no training - sink or swim on day one. Depending on the department, you will have issues making friends and generally finding people to be genuine. There is an air of mistrust if you are locally engaged staff here - I have never in my life felt a feeling of being judged like I did walking through these halls. People in certain positions like to shift blame and altogether avoid certain parts of their job; Don't be surprised if someone loads their work onto you because they are "too busy". Mental health is blatantly overlooked here, and I wish there was more I could do to help those people that just needed someone to listen and understand. Work/life balance was not in any way a "balance" when I was here.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Rewarding Experience, not highest paid

      Dec 5, 2019 - Delivery Project Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Direct contact with government officials and diplomats posted in New York. There is high availability of opportunities to work on “corporate” initiatives which made working there even more highly rewarding.

      Cons

      Pay is not as competitive. These roles are usually designed to be less than 2 years since this is considered a locally engaged role rather than being a diplomat in the FCO.

      10 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Benefits are okay, management is not great

      Mar 15, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The culture is really interesting and ever-changing, due to the turnover of civil servants and military. The benefits are pretty competitive (good 401(k) match, sick pay, okay vacation, extra holidays). Depending on the department the work/life balance can be really good and hours are flexible (although sometimes you get a manager who will scrutinize your output and timesheet). The location in Washington is on Embassy Row, and there is free parking (most days) and a cafeteria. Every once in a while you are offered the opportunity to rub elbows with a celebrity.

      Cons

      Salaries are not competitive at all (well below market). The UK government is always looking for cost savings, and trying to do more with less. This means more work and responsibility on people who remain after any kind of reorganization or vacancy yet there is no compensation for this. Sometimes they will hire someone to fill a post with little or no experience (or just incompetent) because of the horrible salary, which puts more pressure on the adjacent employees to accomplish anything. Annual increase is dependent on budgets in London. Bonuses (very low) are also dependent on this, and favoritism plays a large part. Salary groups/reference points do not adjust with the market and are reviewed sporadically (could be years). There is rarely an opportunity to move up in the organization. US residents have to pay quarterly taxes, and although compensated for the employer portion must be very good at managing money to handle this.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Ambitious coworkers. Disproportionate and abhorrent salary

      Apr 26, 2019 - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Occasional travel, holidays, exposure to real world

      Cons

      Micromanagement, pay, gov’t red tape

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      1 person found this review helpful
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