US Department of State

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20 years as an FSO

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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

Incredibly diverse, meaningful, global work. Thought leadership and policy making top notch. Opportunity to learn new languages, cultures, and implement foreign policy.

Cons

Management skills not so well developed and rewarded. You won't make policy, but will implement it, whether you fully agree or not.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to what employees are saying on the internal professional collaboration platforms, such as Sounding Board, Corridor, etc. Not everyone is just complaining.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid State Department Management & Operations

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    Current Employee - Financial Management Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Management Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Pros

    State 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.

    Cons

    Don'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 ManagementAdvice

    Why 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if interested in seeing the world

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in 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 advancement for exceptional work or out of the box thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not worth all the tests/clearances required

    Approves of CEO
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