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Best Job in the World

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer

I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Get to see the world. Great to meet world leaders. Great colleagues. Great opportunities for advancement and promotion

Cons

Sure there are some Cons.

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  1. Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Fulbright Researcher in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Fulbright Researcher in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was on a Fulbright fellowship which was really sweet. I traveled to India and got to do a lot of cool stuff that I wanted to. And there was very little oversight so you could be your own boss.

    Cons

    Foreign countries are difficult to live in. Really think about what you want to achieve during Fulbright. Also, I don't speak much Hindi so I had trouble to communicate with co-workers. Kind of odd review of state department huh!

    Advice to Management

    none.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Unparalleled job security in an ineffectual organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's almost impossible to get fired and there is still an honest-to-goodness pension plan in place. If you're looking for a long-term gig, this could be the way to go. Opportunities to interact with people from other countries and cultures. Ability to have small impact on foreign policy decisions, if only at the highest levels of the organization.

    Cons

    It's almost impossible to get fired and there is still an honest-to-goodness pension plan in place, so al ot of duds hang around for a long time. The percentage of people you will be forced to work with who are completely incompetent is probably much higher than in most corporate organizations who must compete to survive. The State Department susists on a culture of fear. All the ambitious folks are worried about the long memories of others and how it may affect their career trajectory.

    Advice to Management

    Define some core activities and focus. The ship is too large and getting larger.


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