US Department of State
3.8 of 5 308 reviews
www.state.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.8 308 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry

(76 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great experience, exciting environment.

    Public Affairs Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt was a very stimulating environment to work. There were lots of opportunities for interns to visit important places and hear important people. I was able to attend live press briefings at both the White House and the State Dept. Great exposure to the world of International Affairs. Everyone in my office was so friendly and welcoming, and I was given lots of responsibility.

    ConsThe application is drawn out because of the security clearance, but definitely worth it.

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    Great experience living overseas

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExperience different cultures and countries. See the world while serving your country.

    ConsThird world locations, tough living conditions.

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    Consistently one of the Best places to work in the Federal Government

    Special Agent (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWorldwide Travel with limitless career development. An adventure at every post, but the life you can create for yourself is completely unique.

    ConsTime away from family on certain assignments. Large bureaucracy, so there are issues that are consistent with those institutions. Flexibility is a must in this organization because of the fluid nature of international politics and diplomacy. That said...you will be at the forefront of history in many situations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Foreign Service Officer, Retired (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsChallenging work, employee support, travel opportunities

    ConsCaps on salary, occasionally less than ideal life style

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chief Engineer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsAccess to state of the art equipment and staff to create media content

    ConsEverything they say (oxymoronically) about government workers and bureaucracy is true. Only veterans can "make the cert" to be even considered for employment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Budget (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat potential for learning as the agency receives relatively low funding (compared to DOJ, DHS, DOD). They attempt to achieve a lot with as few people resources as possible.

    ConsBig government - slow to implement change (if you're young). Contractor vs. GS Employee culture. Little in the way of mentorship across GS-Contractor lines.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild in more promotion potential in both the GS and Contractor worlds. Federal gov't in general is on a freeze for raises. They need to lift this freeze. Hard to compete with private sector in this regard. People want raises after a couple years of work without having to jump ship into another role/agency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Work if looking for a job with good security

    Passport Specialist (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsNo weekends, work with true professionals. Set working hours.

    ConsYou really do not get a chance to get to know com workers. Everyone is expected to do their job without interruption. You must have exceptional attention do detail to do this job and the ability to apply applicable laws in approving passport applications.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An exciting place to be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou work with brillant people who have the most amazing experiences around the world and have shaped world politics

    ConsIt's difficult to move around

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee)
    Rosslyn, VA

    ProsPay and benefits are good.
    Relatively easy work

    ConsVery bureaucratic
    Your experience depends largely on the nature of the office management
    Uneven workload distribution - the deadweight employees can skate by very easily

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the promote at all costs mentality
    Encourage efficiency in the workplace

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a stable job with decent pay and benefits and lot of opportunity to travel

    Office Management Specialist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros1. Travel opportunities: You receive federal holidays, local holidays (when stationed abroad), and 13+ days of vacation annually.
    2. Free housing (while stationed abroad)

    Cons1. NO opportunities for career advancement
    2. Management is disinclined to allow training opportunities

    Advice to Senior Management1. Treat FSOs and Specialists equally.
    2. Learn what specialists actually do, so that you may more effectively evaluate their job performance and assit with professional development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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