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Foreign Service Officer--Adventure, Consuming Lifestyle

Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

ProsTravel, challenging positions and assignments, decent salary and benefits. Depending on the position, you can have significant autonomy and management experience early in your career. You work with intelligent, plugged-in people.

ConsThe lifestyle can be tough on partners and children. There is a huge emphasis on careerism and ego.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe flexible with families or singles who are caretakers (an increasing number of adults in the U.S.). Stand outside the bubble every now and then and realize that the placement of a water glass at a bilateral is not/not going to affect the outcome.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Opportunities

    Foreign Affairs Officer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State for more than 5 years


    Pros: On the forefront of foreign policy. Cons: A government agency. Hard to move upwards, unless you network… Advice to Senior Management: Support Civil Servants for higher GS Grade Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Interesting work and opportunities to travel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time


    Pros: The work is interesting and there are many opportunities to work on relevant and pressing international issues. There are… Cons: The State Department can be overly bureaucratic and there is often much red tape involved in changing positions, getting training, or… Advice to Senior Management: Some managers stay in positions too long, but most are… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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