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Long hours, women definitely cannot have it all!

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Former Employee - Public Diplomacy, Consular  in  Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Public Diplomacy, Consular in Arlington, VA

I worked at US Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

The most amazing colleagues. The chance to shape history.

Cons

Lack of female leadership--most women at the top are workaholics who sacrificed their spouse's career opportunities to get there, or worse, are angry and bitter at their failed relationships (i.e. single or divorced) and want to take it out on younger women seeking a healthy work/life balance. Lack of paid parental leave (the VLTP was a joke, I never got a single day due to "glitches" both times despite due diligence on my part).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out of the Stone Ages. Flex time, telecommuting, and a healthy work/life balance are GOOD for productivity.

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  1.  

    Good but could be better

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    Current Employee - Seecurity Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Seecurity Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The prestige that comes from working at State. meaningful work.

    Cons

    The disconnect between foregin service, civil service, PSC, and contractor. Too much nepotism. Seems like you need to be related to get some positions especially the intern program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall State is great but there are some areas for improvement. PSC healthcare reimbursment is one. Why not reimburse employees on a monthly basis?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent practical experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Relevant, exciting, important work. Co-workers were bright, hard-working, and (surprisingly) young. Teamwork encouraged. Lots of professional opportunities. My office's Director was very active with the employees and interns and always knew what was going on and what needed to be done.

    Cons

    Can be slow-moving and bureaucratic. Internship was unpaid. Different bureaus feel like completely different companies--mine was excellent, but have heard horror stories from others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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