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Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

International travel is unbeleivable! The opportunity to experience different cultures makes the inherent hardships of travel worthwhile.

Cons

Can be challenging to maintain closeness with family back in the States

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More focus on work/life balance.

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    Very good, but cronyism prevails within the senior ranks of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    See the world, protect the best brand in the world - the US....and live history.

    Cons

    Away from family and friends while posted overseas. Subject to a very small Bureau (DSS) that does not necessary recognize merit based promotions within the senior ranks, but more crony & clique based senior promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the promotion panels with more impartial Foreign Service Generalists to review DS Specialists. Don't let the DSS (subject matter expert) influence the board.

    Recommends
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    Dysfunctional HR system stymies Best and Brightest

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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

    Highly selective recruiting process often produces impressive colleagues.
    International living, language learning opportunities.
    Meet lots of interesting people abroad, many of them civic or political leaders in their cultures.
    Write analyses of human rights, religious freedom, trafficking in persons that have an impact.

    Cons

    Short tours make for frequent, sometimes difficult family adjustments, especially for trailing or tandem spouses.
    Excessive human resources devoted to VIP handling, which means standing around uselessly as a "site officer."
    Promotions decided by a panel completely removed from its subjects, influenced by political correctness in designating promotees although ostensibly reliant upon written reports which consume an inordinate amount of energy each April but provide little meaningful feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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