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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.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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  1. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Pros

    They really take an interest in you using the internship as a learning experience, not using you as free labor. Offer great opportunities in interns during your summer there.

    Cons

    Summer internships are completely unpaid now. The work load is a lot lighter in the summer so interns don't get an as in depth look.

  2. U.S.-Slovak Republic Fulbright Scholar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Pros

    The small interaction I had with the U.S. office was easy and positive.

    Cons

    Slovak office provided no support or help for its Fulbright Scholars. Tried to get us to work in their office for free.

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