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Good experience if you have to work for the government

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

nice overseas travel
good health and retirement benefits
job stability (can't be fired)
prestigious position

Cons

bureaucracy is stifling
disconnect between headquarters and the field
limited earning potential
limited career growth
lack of input into assignments
Washington centered

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management should remember the work life balance and take it into account for their subordinates

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Outstanding Outfit

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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 for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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 for 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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