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Amazing opportunity to work with senior U.S. officials

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Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

Pros

-Strong work ethic
-Very intelligent individuals
-Great place to learn

Cons

-Large bureaucracy
-Hard to make an impact on an individual level

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep working on facilitating communication within inter-agency offices.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very Good Benefits. Staff is very dedicated and smart.

    Cons

    Advancement is based on a "beauty contest" rather than accomplishments, experience and demonstrated capabilities. Less qualified candidates have been chosen consistantly over more qualified candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some Management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 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

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for 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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    Approves of CEO
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