US Department of State Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  • Really good if you are interested in the Foreign Service (in 30 reviews)

  • See the world while serving your country (in 14 reviews)

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  • The biggest turn off for me were actually the foreign service officers (in 32 reviews)

  • This can dramatically impact work-life balance for years at a time (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Pros

    Motivated, talented professionals driven by their mission.

    Cons

    No cons to share - great experience.


  2. US State Department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, one of the things about the State Department that i like the most is that is have a lot to do with traveling outside of the country and do different things.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any things that are bad with the US Department of State

    Advice to Management

    Very Good Management


  3. Best internship experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Tons of learning opportunities. Ability to craft your own projects and take initiative.

    Cons

    Must be willing to search out opportunity and chances to contribute within the office in order to have maximum learning exposure. Difficult to leverage a full time (paid) position from a single internship.


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  5. Representing America to the World

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    Former Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - FSO in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, meaningful work
    Good pay and benefits
    Outstanding leadership and top-notch colleagues

    Cons

    Occasionally shot at, bombed or otherwise threatened


  6. Operations Center - Operations Specialist

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very intelligent hard working colleagues, team environment, high visibility, good amout of time off.

    Cons

    Higher level positions require you to be available at all hours including weekends and nights. Private sector pay is much higher for the same type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on ways to incentivize employment.


  7. Great place to intern!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - For Colombia/Andean Affairs in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - For Colombia/Andean Affairs in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers that are interested in your professional development, small teams where you got to know everyone, very collaborative environment, learned a lot about diplomacy, further developed concise writing skills by summarizing large quantities of information, made me want to pursue diplomacy and foreign affairs as a career option even more so! Was disappointed when the internship ended and didn't want to leave.

    Cons

    Like any government agency, bureaucracy was one of the biggest cons. Could have had more tasks for me as well since there was a significant amount of time where I had nothing to work on.

    Advice to Management

    Make internships more structured, perhaps. Develop more pathways programs for the different desks and bureaus.


  8. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Pros

    Numerous opportunities to expand skills, great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Difficult to get into the Department, Inability to hire interns if not in Pathways Program


  9. Intern, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They really cared about interns having a good experience and doing substantive work. They let us participate in State Dept intern events like lectures and embassy tours too.
    People care a lot about what they are doing and are patient with interns.

    Cons

    Unpaid. It's a very formal office culture and people who having been working together for years don't seem to know each other very well.


  10. Foriegn Affairs Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work and fast-paced work environment.

    Cons

    It's a large bureaucracy that moves slowly at times.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees, whenever possible.


  11. Bureau of Economics and Business Affairs

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the inner workings over the government. Awesome location--right next to the Mall. Interns are treated like gold, and are given real products/tasks.

    Cons

    Work/culture can be slow passed at times.



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