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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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    Good place to work if interested in seeing the world

    Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State


    Pros: great travel and benefits (education, health) for your family Cons: lockstep career advancement -- really no room for rapid… Advice to Senior Management: not worth all the tests/clearances required More
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    OK, but could be better

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State


    Pros: Good work/life balance, good international travel opportunities, decent pay, great… Cons: *It's a bit of a cult *coworkers *you're often reminded that you… Advice to Senior Management: I think the Secretary is great and I'm sure her top staff are also very good.… More
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