US Department of State

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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 (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

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  1. 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 (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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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