US Department of State

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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

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
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a Mixed Bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Overseas Career

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take full responsibility when things go wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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