US Department of State

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

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Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

I worked at US Department of State full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

High 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)

Cons

You 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.

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    Foreign Affairs Officer

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, contributing to a worthwhile mission.

    Cons

    Some long hours, but usually predictable.

    Recommends
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    Fantastic opportunity

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    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Rent free living overseas (NOT tax free).
    -Chance to see the world.
    -Chance to feel a sense of value and purpose in your mission.
    -Chance to formulate change in policies and relationships with other nation states.
    -Excellent benefits package.
    -Job Security!

    Cons

    -A lot of time away from family and friends back home.
    -Work can be demanding on your time.
    -Frequent travel, which isn't bad, but continual travel and constant relocation does wear you down after a while.
    -Exposure to some of the more interesting insects, viruses, and challenges to modern medicine. ;-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Leadership, Leadership, Leadership.
    -Share information and lessons learned.
    -Definitely moving in the right direction, but there are some critical areas of improvement still needed.

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