US Department of State
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www.state.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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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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    Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent training, benefits and opportunity to contribute at senior levels when serving overseas in smaller nations. Especially enjoyed working in the Africa Bureau, where the Department has a lot of autonomy in conducting US foreign policy

    ConsThe promotion system, like the military, is stultified and seniority based. On the occasions I had to work with political appointees, I found them difficult and generally unqualified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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 outfit

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTravel is exciting, interesting and frequent.

    ConsAt times, travel can be a bit much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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    Excellent

    Political Section Summer Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsYou will not have another internship as hands on as this one. The post I interned at had me do tasks normal Foreign Service Officers would do. Therefore, I learned copious amounts in a short three months time.

    ConsThe security clearance does take a long time, especially if you have traveled to many other countries. I would suggest getting it done early because the process takes a long time. Another con is that if you want to become a Foreign Service Officer, you have to pass the FSO test. It would be nice if your supervisors saw that you were fit to be an FSO they would give you the job, similar to what other companies do. But unfortunately, if you want to become an FSO you must pass the FSO test which can be difficult.

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

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    Great pay with lots of networking opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice pay for an internship
    Flexible lunch hours
    Great first job
    Freedom to network and tour DC during work hours

    ConsThe pros depend on the office. Some offices celebrate someone leaving by going out to a nice restaurant. Other offices celebrate everything at Tonic (local bar). My boss always paid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it easier to keep paid interns onboard, even if they don't have student status.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful and Informative Internship

    Economic Sanctions (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSupervisors committed to ensuring that you have an interesting and productive summer experience. Also, interns work on substantive policy issues and work closely with all levels of management.

    ConsJob offers are not a part of the internship program and the summer internship is unpaid. Therefore, you have to re-apply after you graduate and it can be very difficult to transition from an internship to a full-time job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    outstanding internship opportunity

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsInspiring. Feel like you have a true opportunity to make a true impact in the world. Great visibility to leadership.

    ConsExperience the typical red tape you would in any federal government institution. Understandable frustration over budget cuts with little-to-no opportunity to overcome them.

    Advice to Senior Managementinternship program is great. continue to expose interns to as many projects as possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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