US Department of State

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Dissapointing

Foreign Affairs Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

ConsForeign 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Not for me

    Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time


    Pros: The diplomatic immunity is always nice, as was the lifestyle,… Cons: You will have very little control over what you do and where you… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Two great internship experiences

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern for 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.… 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… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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