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Although it has been less than a year, I am very, very happy at DoS so far.

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Current Employee - Passport Specialist
Current Employee - Passport Specialist

I have been working at US Department of State full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Very interesting and awesome coworkers from a variety of backgrounds. Great opportunities for travel. Very solid upward mobility if you are willing to chase after it.

Cons

There is, sadly, the occasional stereotypical government employee to contend with, although I have to admit, it is far less of a problem than I had anticipated prior to transitioning to employment with the federal government.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I would love to see more opportunities for temporary duty at posts abroad for domestic DoS employees.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Amazing work and an opportunity to see the world, but suffocating bureaucracy and serious costs for health and family.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The Foreign Service provides some of the very best jobs in foreign affairs and public policy, especially at embassies overseas, where you have autonomy and responsibility for important, engaging issues. Embassy communities are generally tight-knit, and if you like seeing the world, there are few ways to do so with such good overseas benefits.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy, from human resources to policy making, is stifling, especially at headquarters in Washington, DC. The evaluation and promotion system is broken and unreliable, and the way assignments are handed out can be intensely political and geared toward those who serve in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Pakistan. There is an illusion of meritocracy, but a reality of "who you know." I have never encountered a more passive-aggressive corporate culture, and such behavior is rewarded as "diplomatic." Never underestimate the negative effect of the Foreign Service lifestyle on your health or your family. Many hardship posts present actual life-or-death situations with sub-standard health care, and far too many senior Foreign Service Officers are lifetime singles or divorced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform the evaluation and promotion system. The current one is Byzantine and depends very little on either accomplishments or potential. Likewise, seek to add transparency to the assignments process, and discontinue the linking system. Look out for spouses, not just children of employees working overseas - clerical jobs don't cut it for professional spouses, and embassies need to do a better job learning the local job market to help them find meaningful work. Don't just medevac employees and their families - boost the capacity of overseas medical units.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Pay is good, fellow employees are very nice and helpful

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    Former Intern - Student Assistant
    Former Intern - Student Assistant

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, Customers are pleasant to work with, you get to learn a lot, fellow pears are all pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Terminated with no warning. Not enough training on all the legalities, no benefits unless you are a part or full-time worker. Poor communication with Management.

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    You should not terminate someone's employment with no warning or explanation.

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