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Great Overseas Career

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Current Employee - Information Management Specialist in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Information Management Specialist in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Living overseas and the travel is what made this a great career for me. Although few in numbers, there are some really wonderful and talented people who care about their mission and helping others. Lots of autonomy.

Cons

The State Department Foreign Service tends to attract elitists – we have more than our fair share of overeducated people with little commonsense. If you are not a shameless self-promoter you’ll have difficulties moving up the career ladder.

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Take full responsibility when things go wrong.

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  1. Foreign affairs

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    Former Employee - IMS in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IMS in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Foreign affairs, it's not for everyone but a good system with a lot of opportunities and personalities to deal with as well.

    Cons

    People can make all the difference.

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    Let people do their jobs.

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    It's a Mixed Bag

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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

    You get to work with some wonderfully bright people on interesting issues facing the country. Even for a civil servant, travel is possible and a huge bonus. Salary and benefits are competitive, especially during the tough economic situation we face now. Upward mobility is definitely possible. Training is ample and sometimes worthwhile. You have access to some of the world's foremost experts on foreign affairs, climate change, human rights, and law. You will be able to network easily with both public and private sector people.

    Cons

    Human resources management is appalling and a culture of not holding bad apples accountable and punishing those who speak out against bad apples is pervasive. Scapegoating is more common than you realize and people are too scared for their own careers to speak out. The bureaucracy is inefficient and it is easy to burn out and develop low motivation as a result. You must be self-motivated, which isn't a bad thing, but it can be challenging when the culture does not encourage creativity and free thinking. May be too conservative and slow moving for young or impatient people.

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    Hold your people accountable, even tenured employees, especially when their colleagues and subordinates raise legitimate issues.

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