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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 for more than 8 years

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.

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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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    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in 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 constantly.

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    Support Civil Servants for higher GS Grade

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    Interesting work and opportunities to travel

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 also many travel opportunities and good benefits. Despite the recent budget cuts, employees maintain job security and are largely unaffected.

    Cons

    The State Department can be overly bureaucratic and there is often much red tape involved in changing positions, getting training, or going abroad. The organization tends to be hierarchical with managers wielding a lot of prestige and influence, though not always warranted.

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    Some managers stay in positions too long, but most are professional and well qualified

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