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interesting and diverse
SECURITY OFFICER (Former Employee) –  various.27 February 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.
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Interesting work, poor pay
Political and Security Officer (Former Employee) –  محافظة القاهرة10 February 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.
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Wonderful Employer
Protocols Officer (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London7 February 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.
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Interessant
Anlagen Management / Unterstützungsoffizier (Former Employee) –  London, Hongkong, Manila, Berlin, Cairo29 January 2019
Verantwortlich für alle Post.
Gelernte Teamarbeit.
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An interesting environment
Protection Specialist (Former Employee) –  Kurdistan24 January 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.
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3.0
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Red tape due to high security
AD SME (Former Employee) –  Hanslope Park26 November 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.
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Rewarding place to work
Senior Project Manager, Oracle ERP Multi-Agency (Former Employee) –  London13 November 2018
Well recommended. Great team and location with significant job satisfaction. The most enjoyable part of the job involved multi-agency collaboration. Thank you.
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3.0
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Lack of career progression
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  London11 October 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
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Varied Job with Lots of travel for work
Tehnical Support Officer and Logistics Planner (Current Employee) –  Cundinamarca21 August 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)
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good role but low pay
student brand ambassador for travel aware (Former Employee) –  Home Based11 July 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
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fue una bonita experiencia
IT Support Officer (Former Employee) –  Panamá, Provincia de Panamá11 July 2018
un departamento de IT muy organizado con muchas cosas buenas.
Pros
seguro, buen salario
Cons
breaks un poco cortos
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2.0
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Don't join for the money
Finance Manager (Current Employee) –  Milton Keynes2 July 2018
Need I say more than the title. You won't get promoted quickly nor will you be recognised for your efforts. The work place is too bureaucratic and you have to climb over so many hurdles to do the simplest things.
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4.0
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Hard working and innovative organisation
Division Manager (Former Employee) –  London, Greater London13 June 2018
Hard working and innovative organisation, that seeks to improve through listening to staff feedback and suggestion schemes.

Diverse workforce representative of the community it serves.
Pros
Job security
Cons
Work/Life Balance
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Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Hanslope Park28 May 2018
Very fun kept active doing many activities good workplace and offers lovely refreshments such as free water would definitely work here again if given opportunity
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Good Working culture..
Expenses Clerk (Former Employee) –  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire16 May 2018
Team is very good. Enjoyed thoroughly working there for about 5 years. Very good balance work and personal life. The manger and colleagues used to like to work with me.
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Amazing Placement Experience
Student Placement (Former Employee) –  Milton Keynes5 May 2018
My experience of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was fantastic as I experienced the workings of a professional environment. I also worked on a project with the company as part of my university course which proved to be invaluable to my studies
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good job
Subbing for supervisor printer (Former Employee) –  London26 April 2018
Staff were great and lower management caring. machinery good and well cared for. staff great. lots of benefits. Salary good. good canteen etc. would recommend the job to anyone.
Pros
good reliable job
Cons
poor manager
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Civil Service
Expenses Team Administrator (Former Employee) –  Milton Keynes24 April 2018
Good job security but pay has been heaverly eroded over the last few years. There are no bonuses or perks.
Promotion is slow and very complecated.
working hours per week are 37. You can work anytime between 7:00 and 18:00.
Pros
Flexi time
Cons
low pay and increases
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This is a good place to work. Get to work with other government departments across the world. Work in different departments to learn new skills and ex
office assistant (Former Employee) –  Pakistan16 March 2018
This is a good place to work. Get to work with other government departments across the world. Work in different departments to learn new skills and extremely rewarding.
Pros
good
Cons
nice
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Bad energy and environment/ Fraud with hiring people. People not hired with qualifications
Entry clearancw assistant (Former Employee) –  Pretoria, Gauteng5 February 2018
Worked as seasonal staff@UKVI & the treatment is bad, there's a lot of fraud with hiring people, its not about UR work but about which manager likes U
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