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Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Important, meaningful work
Opportunity to be a part of making history
Contribute to ideas and plans of some of the world's most powerful people

Cons

Foreign service - civil service "caste" system increasingly benefits foreign service in mid-level and senior -level positions
Foreign service tend to manage civil service, yet consistently lack the technical knowledge and skills needed to add value
Foreign service has a very high rate of retention -- of both its outstanding officers and its dead weight, and tends to promote regardless, meaning that much of middle management hold positions beyond their real ability

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop promoting foreign service officers beyond their abilities just to fill empty middle management slots. State Department retains lackluster foreign service officers, producing a huge brain drain of exceptionally talented and ambitious civil service professionals who reach the GS-13 and GS-14 level and find they have little place left for upward mobility. I recommend this employer for entry-level civil service, but not beyond.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Not for me

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    The diplomatic immunity is always nice, as was the lifestyle, and in this economic climate you can't beat the job security.

    Cons

    You will have very little control over what you do and where you live. This is a large bureaucracy, it is incredibly outdated, inflexible, and un-acommodating.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. Two great internship experiences

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I completed two internships (one as an undergrad and one as a grad student) with Main State in DC. Both experiences were extremely productive. Exposure to gov't program management and policy writing are unlike other comparable experiences in different gov't agencies. Strong sense of civil service among your colleagues.

    Cons

    - Internships are usually unpaid;
    - Some supervisors are extremely high-strung and expect a lot from you; at times, I didn't leave the office until 11 PM;
    - Work can come in waves, especially during the summer months. But it's up to the interns to make the most of their time at the department (and DC, if you're not from here).

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