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Helpful (3)

Meh

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at US Department of State (More than 8 years)

Pros

World travel, sometimes interesting issues

Cons

Stifling bureaucracy, broken promotion system, expectation of serving in Af/Pak/Iraq, a collection of massive egos. This place i great for people who really get off on being near powerful folks, but don't confuse that with making policy. You won't do anything more important than draft briefing memos or talking points until you've been there 20 years. Moving every 2-3 years is great when you're single, but when you've got a spouse and family it begins to get old after a decade or so. My kids don't know their grandparents.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, contributing to a worthwhile mission.

    Cons

    Some long hours, but usually predictable.


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