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You don't control your life, but other than that it's great!

Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

ProsHigh salary, best benefits in the world (what other jobs give you the same type of passport as the president of the U.S.?), opportunities to travel, lots of opportunities to make a difference (although whether that is a positive or negative difference depends on you)

ConsYou can tell the HR bureau what you want to do, they will then tell you what you have to do. There may or may not be a correlation between the two. Spouse, kids, career choices all have to be put to the side, and expect to do consular work in Juarez or a similar posting for at least two years. If you're willing to make that sacrifice, then the job is pretty awesome.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great way to see the world while serving your country

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Travel, unique cultural experiences, language training, fulfilling work, service to country,… Cons: Frequent moves, separation from family, long hours, sometimes personal risk, bureaucratic structure,… Advice to Senior Management: Treat employees' families with more respect. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Foreign Affairs Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Great work environment, contributing to a worthwhile mission. Cons: Some long hours, but usually predictable. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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