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20 years as an FSO

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid State Department Management & Operations

    Financial Management Officer (Current Employee) 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Why are there any financial or general service specialist in the foreign service when any generalist with… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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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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