Foreign & Commonwealth Office Employee Reviews

Showing all 72 reviews
Sort by: Helpfulness | Rating | Date
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Productive
Senior Data Analyst (Current Employee) –  Milton Keynes, BuckinghamshireNovember 6, 2019
Productive and fun workplace, great people to work with and a great team. Technical skills in the bsuiness are low, however Im a contractor and come with all the required skills
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Fun
Network Manager (Former Employee) –  LondonOctober 29, 2019
• Attended a talk and had the opportunity to meet with members of the F&C office.
• Heightened knowledge on the public sector and other areas.
• Increased network contacts for future reference.
• Enhanced my passion for the field.
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Interesting and varied
Community Liaison Officer (Former Employee) –  ThailandSeptember 29, 2019
No two days the same. Great experience supporting a community and building great working relationships. Fantastic senior management who are proactive and inclusive.
Pros
Great colleagues
Cons
None
Was this review helpful?YesNoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Good place to work
Language Teacher/Trainer/Tutor (Current Employee) –  London. UKAugust 21, 2019
It is a humbling experience to deliver language lessons to diplomats from various level and background. It is also a place that open opportunity to learn from diplomats who have been working hard to serving their country.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
A beautiful impressive environment to work at and learn excellent skills from some of the best in the field ...but ...
Commercial lead (Former Employee) –  LondonJuly 13, 2019
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.
Pros
Ample opportunities for development but not quickly enough to transition
Cons
Very low paid - as most civil service bodies are.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Great location
G4S/SERVEST SECURITY OFFICER (Current Employee) –  Building 6July 4, 2019
Busy site in 65 acres, fulfilling security needs to the client, various job roles, can be demanding at times, simple shift pattern, 4 on 4 off, or days only.
Pros
Out in the countryside
Cons
Location, requires own transport
Was this review helpful?Yes 5NoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Oprestion maintenance repairing and machines etc
Oprestion maintenance repairing and machines etc (Former Employee) –  KarachiJune 18, 2019
All equipment, All trailer, All tracks, All lifters, All dampars, carpintar, purchasing, woshing, transportation, oprestion, maintenance, repairing, machines, plumber, electric, carpintar and all works responsibly etc
Lubers, vendors and all staff handling etc
And more professional experience knowledge etc
Pros
Mobile phone and petrol free
Cons
Saturday is off
Was this review helpful?Yes 8NoReport
1.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Average
Operations and Compliance Manager (Current Employee) –  London, Greater LondonMay 8, 2019
Good career opportunities if that is what you want. More aimed at young single men and women, work/life balance is an issue and rarely receive any praise for going above and beyond.
Was this review helpful?Yes 6No 3Report
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Historical Place
Lead PMO (Contract) (Current Employee) –  London, Greater LondonMarch 30, 2019
Great place to work in a grandeur of a building with lots of great history. A great bunch of people in the team but decision making could have been better.
Was this review helpful?Yes 6NoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
interesting and diverse
SECURITY OFFICER (Former Employee) –  various.February 27, 2019
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.
Pros
Working alongside the backbone of the country
Cons
very long hours.
Was this review helpful?Yes 8No 2Report
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Interesting work, poor pay
Political and Security Officer (Former Employee) –  محافظة القاهرةFebruary 10, 2019
Really interesting place to work but poor pay. Slow advancement and no annual bonus. Workplace culture is good and you get to work with some amazing people.
Was this review helpful?Yes 5NoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Wonderful Employer
Protocols Officer (Former Employee) –  London, Greater LondonFebruary 7, 2019
I made excellent friends for life and the institution was an absolute pleasure to work for. I would recommend it to anyone considering applying for management positions.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3NoReport
4.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Interessant
Verantwortlich für alle Post.
Gelernte Teamarbeit.
Was this review helpful?Yes 3No 3Report
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
An interesting environment
Protection Specialist (Former Employee) –  KurdistanJanuary 24, 2019
I would recomemend working with the FCO. They have the interest of the U.K. at the forefront of their operations. Their work is interesting and challanging.
Was this review helpful?Yes 2NoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Red tape due to high security
AD SME (Former Employee) –  Hanslope ParkNovember 26, 2018
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.
Was this review helpful?Yes 2NoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Rewarding place to work
Senior Project Manager, Oracle ERP Multi-Agency (Former Employee) –  LondonNovember 13, 2018
Well recommended. Great team and location with significant job satisfaction. The most enjoyable part of the job involved multi-agency collaboration. Thank you.
Was this review helpful?Yes 7NoReport
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Lack of career progression
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  LondonOctober 11, 2018
Opportunities were taken away from junior grades particularly those wishing to travel overseas. Much uncertainty across the office and low staff morale.
Pros
Flexible working conditions
Cons
Job insecurity
Was this review helpful?Yes 14No 1Report
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
Varied Job with Lots of travel for work
Tehnical Support Officer and Logistics Planner (Current Employee) –  CundinamarcaAugust 21, 2018
My day can vary from simple office admin, to irregular working hours, to emergency jobs and visits to offices in my region (South America and Carribean)
Was this review helpful?Yes 14No 3Report
3.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
good role but low pay
student brand ambassador for travel aware (Former Employee) –  Home BasedJuly 11, 2018
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.
Pros
easy to plan around studies
Cons
no further opportunities
Was this review helpful?Yes 5NoReport
5.0
Job Work/Life Balance
Compensation/Benefits
Job Security/Advancement
Management
Job Culture
fue una bonita experiencia
IT Support Officer (Former Employee) –  Panamá, Provincia de PanamáJuly 11, 2018
un departamento de IT muy organizado con muchas cosas buenas.
Pros
seguro, buen salario
Cons
breaks un poco cortos
Was this review helpful?Yes 8NoReport
Claim this company page

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Our community is ready to answer.

Ask a Question

Overall rating

4.1
Based on 72 reviews
531
423
314
21
13

Ratings by category

4.0Work/Life Balance
3.6Compensation/Benefits
3.5Job Security/Advancement
3.5Management
3.6Culture