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3.8 139 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry

(39 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • See the world while serving your country(in 12 reviews)

  • I worked at the Foreign Service Institute, where they train diplomats(in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Foreign Service officers are then central employee core and taken care of(in 27 reviews)

  • The biggest challenge is that every two years, there is a rotation of mid-level Foreign Service Officers who arrive with "attitude"(in 15 reviews)

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    Project Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery Good Benefits. Staff is very dedicated and smart.

    ConsAdvancement is based on a "beauty contest" rather than accomplishments, experience and demonstrated capabilities. Less qualified candidates have been chosen consistantly over more qualified candidates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some Management training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid State Department Management & Operations

    Financial Management Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsState Department is divided into several "cones" or divisions. You'll probably be satisfied if you go in as a political, economic, consular, or public diplomacy officer. Just not a management officer.

    ConsDon't ever go into anything that deals with internal management, especially if you're in the civil service or foreign service specialist. The bureaucracy is suffocating. Management is incompetent, and to get anything done, working through layers and layers of red tape is just simply exhausting. People actually take pride in finding loop holes around the regulations in order to get something done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy are there any financial or general service specialist in the foreign service when any generalist with no prior financial management or procurement can also take the job with a bare 2 months of training?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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