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A mixture of deep appreciation and profound disappointment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

I worked at US Department of State

Pros

Fascinating, stimulating, committed individuals who are actually doing the work (as against those who are in a supervisory, management role)

Cons

Incompetent management; obsession at the management level with establishing and maintaining "corridor reputation" (what others think of you), sometimes at the expense of mission, and always at the expense of other people; very poor balance between quality of life and work

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to match your deeds with your words. Focus on integrity and mission. Learn to build community among those who are serving under you.

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    Overall experience working overseas has been excellent.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Pros

    The travel and chance to live in many overseas locales provides the opportunity for professional growth. The State Department provides free housing and pays all utilities.

    Cons

    Long work days and in some locations health concerns are always present. Some overseas countries are downright dangerous with very poor infrastructures and security.

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    Management is a hit or miss which can impact the morale at smaller embassies. Management seems reluctant to get rid of poor performers due to fear of the "grievance process"

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  2.  

    I had a great experience at the state department. I learned soo much while working there.

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Pros

    There are great benefits at the state department. Many jobs require froeign travel or interaction with foreign counterparts. You always have to be on your toes because things in the worlld can change drastically. Staff is supportive and there are many resources to promote development.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace of things can be kind of slow. The pace may stifle ambition if people let it. It's easy to become complacent with your job and position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The state Department shuold take efforts to make sure people stay motivated. Furthermore it would be better if goals and guidelines were explained to people outside of management to know what's going on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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