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Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of State as an intern for less than a year

Pros

- Great experience
- Looks great on a resume
- Real work for a real cause

Cons

No pay for interns, only transit costs are covered. I would recommend applying to fellowships through university to fund housing costs.

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    Great Individuals, Horrible Work Life Balance

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

    I have been working at US Department of State as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    There are plenty of networking opportunities. Professional development is available for Federal employees. Great team members.

    Cons

    Horrible Work-Life Balance. Contractors are not given avenues for growth. There are no personal incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
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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 for 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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