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

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.  

    Two great internship experiences

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    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).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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

    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
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