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Current Employee - Cannot Discuss in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Cannot Discuss in Arlington, VA

I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Good pay, good benefits, plentiful travel and opportunity

Cons

I have no complaints with my employer.

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    Welcome to the Foreign Circus

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    World travel, occasional policy input, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Pseudo-military chain of "command" run by screaming incompetents; hated by Congress; misunderstood by most of the few Americans aware of its existence.

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    Tear it down and start over. The sad fact is that, under the current performance review system, a boss who doesn't like you and a boss's boss who doesn't care is enough to end one's career.

    This is not, funnily enough, cutting-edge personnel development practice, outside of North Korea.

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    Does not retain student talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State part-time

    Pros

    Working at State certainly as a student has it's pros and cons. Pros - you're at the premier foreign-policy making agency of the USG. In most cases your are truly utilized on policy issues and assignments because of staff shortages.

    Cons

    But because of those staff shortages, there is little to no chance that you will be hired. The USG is currently addressing these known challenges with their new Pathways initiatives which will hopefully do a better job at retaining student talent. Only time will tell whether Pathways does this though!!

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