US Department of State

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5 people found this helpful  

Dissapointing

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

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

    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 This is a large bureaucracy, it is incredibly outdated, inflexible, and un-acommodating.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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience

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

    Pros

    People,People,Culture, and People! The people there were so friendly and receptive. I got to experience some pretty cool things, like seeing Hillary Clinton speak in person (amazing).

    Cons

    None that I think of!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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