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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brussels (Belgium)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)

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

Pros

- Shadowing and working alongside intelligent, insightful, and interesting people (both FSOs and foreign nationals)
- Engaging with the local population in myriad ways in support of US policy; it was a way to dive into another culture while also analyzing your own culture in a new context
- Having the opportunity to pitch your own ideas and actively contribute; interns are active members of the FS dynamic, not passive observers
- Unparalleled access into the Foreign Service career/lifestyle to decide if it's right for you

Cons

- Internships are unpaid and require you to find your own housing without much guidance (though this might vary from post to post)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fascinating work in foreign policy with chance to live overseas

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer

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

    Pros

    Living overseas, interesting colleagues and a career where one is always learning. Free housing and private schools overseas and a very generous pension plan with early retirement.

    Cons

    Constantly moving makes it very difficult for spouse or partner to work. Some children have problems moving but mine loved the experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop tolerating bullying by managers by enforcing policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, good benefits, hard work

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer

    I worked at US Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to really be at the front lines of diplomacy. The job of a foreign service officer is very well respected and the benefits are great (free housing, home leave, medical care). Plus, you get to see the world.

    Cons

    Moving every few years can become wearing. The Dept. of State is very much USG and as such there is a high level of bureaucracy to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility with part-time or leave without pay after people become parents would probably help with employee retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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