DFID Reviews | Glassdoor.ie

DFID Reviews

Updated 25 Jul 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 60 reviews

4.1
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
95%
Recommend to a Friend
60%
Approve of CEO
DFID CEO Justine Greening
Justine Greening
20 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "A place where there is a real dedication and passion for ending extreme poverty."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns are supported. Majority of staff are passionate and committed to the overall DFID mission. There are so many different career paths that you can pursue within the department (e.g corporate roles, advisory, project management, etc).

    Cons

    Sometimes there are stressful periods where you have to work very reactively and do a lot of fire fighting.

    DFID2017-09-07
  2. "Perfect Place to stay long time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Developer in Dhaka
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary package. Good social acceptance. Opportunity to work diverse environment. This is a best place to learn corporate manner and culture.

    Cons

    Slow salary hike, Corporate politics. If you are a genies type of worker, sometimes you get frustrated seeing the working pattern. Other than that no cons here

    DFID2017-08-19
  3. Helpful (2)

    "DFID is a stimulating and friendly place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    Great people in this department, with good expertise. Flexible working options. Travel opportunities. Exposure to international organisations and the internal civil service. DFID pays better than most other Civil Service Departments

    Cons

    Progression is limited for certain jobs unless you actively want to join management e.g. Programme management, Technical advisors. Still working on Diversity.

    DFID2017-05-29
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A2 adviser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adviser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, good objective, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, political, huge workloads

    Advice to Management

    Stop meddling and let the experts get on with it.

    DFID2017-04-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unique job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Economist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DFID full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most people are genuinely nice, dedicated to DFID, and good at what they do. There is (or at least was) a real espirit de corps, especially in the country office. Travel, often to some pretty interesting locations, is a big plus.

    Cons

    As you'd expect in the civil service, a lot of things about DFID are a bit antiquated. Management culture, ways of working, IT systems are always likely to be five to ten years behind.

    Advice to Management

    Relative to most of the civil service, DFID is fairly modern and forward looking. But the gap to the private sector is too big to attract and keep talent.

    DFID2017-03-27
  6. "Motivated staff"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    Driven high quality colleagues who share values and work ethic.

    Cons

    Not enough flexibility in terms to gain field country experience

    Advice to Management

    Create structures that allow more exchange with country offices and options for sabbaticals to gain real field experience

    DFID2017-03-08
  7. "Senior Livelihoods Adviser"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Livelihoods Adviser in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Changing the world, highly respected aid organisation, great colleagues

    Cons

    Becoming more inward looking and risk averse, and a decline in operational delivery as more funding is pushed through expensive consultancy companies

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff more authority but make them more responsible for their decisions.

    DFID2016-11-17
  8. "Committed to results"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DFID

    Pros

    efficient team motivated and ambitious in a difficult environment

    Cons

    micro management sometimes slows down project implementation

    Advice to Management

    none

    DFID2016-11-06
  9. "Work style"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at DFID full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people management, good structure and career progression.

    Cons

    Barriers in terms of nationality and certain jobs you are allowed to apply for.

    DFID2016-09-13
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DFID full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues at all levels Flexible work patterns Well respected around the world Reasonably good learning and development Global possibilities

    Cons

    Short term politicians deciding strategic direction (can't change that) Large pay differences between lower grades with no scaling

    DFID2016-08-20
Found 60 reviews