Foreign & Commonwealth Office Employee Reviews
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Every day was a learning experience. There are endless opportunities to help out and a huge flexibility in approach and management. They are open to new ideas and constantly looking to improve.
Speed of change can be slow
Opportunistic bullying is rife within the organization. Individual attention to detail is ignored in favor of corporate ignorance & lack of attention to mission values & end result. Not a good life style or work balance, expect to experience family issues, alcoholism, divorce & a complex destructive lifestyle
Institions former capabilities & kudos
Non motivated freestyle bureaucracy
Hard working but friendly culture. Was involved with both Agile and PRINCE2 run projects. Lots of opportunity to get involved with a wide variety of different projects and work with cross-organisational teams as well as external providers.
Challenging and potentialy impactful working on implementation of UK foreign policy. Opportunity to learn languages, build great cross-cultural relationships, travel and have unique experiences. May not leave you with skils to qualify you for private sector roles. Not well paid in the UK but decent packages are available overseas.
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A beautiful impressive environment to work at and learn excellent skills from some of the best in the field ...but ...
Ample opportunities for development and career progress if start working FCO in young age ...going through ranks but not the best place for mid level career enteries ...it takes time to progress and sometimes so slow one may need to change path after all. Extremtly intelligent, ambitious environment with highly capable and talented resources ...in right teams you go up and progress so well. In wrong teams ...it is boring at the very best.
Ample opportunities for development but not quickly enough to transition
Very low paid - as most civil service bodies are.
working in a place with very high government official is a surreal experience. There are Many aspects to this role that allow you to challenge yourself and benefit from the different avenues it allows you to explore. A very relaxed yet busy environment, and constant excitement in the air. Many exciting events also took place within the 3 FCO buildings, which were usually high profile and that bought a sense of joy itself, to be a part of something so big. overall a very pleasant working place and very friendly staff in general.
Working alongside the backbone of the country
very long hours.
The 'red tape' that was around every process caused the delay in a lot of areas within the company. As a contractor this was actually a good thing from a selfish point of view, but as a taxpayer this was a bad example of resource use etc.
the role was fun and engaging. I was able to plan around my degree. but the pay was quite low. the main disadvangate is there is no progression. after finishing being a student, there are no other ways to stay in the role, nor are you offered anything else within the office.
easy to plan around studies
no further opportunities