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Foreign Service Officer--Adventure, Consuming Lifestyle

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Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Travel, 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.

Cons

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

Advice to Management

Be 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.

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  1. Smart People

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

    I have been working at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Overseas Career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Take full responsibility when things go wrong.


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