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Helpful (1)

Excellent

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The foreign travel is excellent

Cons

The bureaucracy can be stifling.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (3)

    Great for overseas travel, but Foreign Service Officers always consider themselves superior to Civil Service personnel.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Branch Chief in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Branch Chief in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to see places around the world, and gain a much higher appreciation of the U.S., this is the place to work. Over the past 12 years, I have been able to get paid to travel to the U.S. embassy in 33 countries, and the locally employed staff are (almost) always glad to cooperate with the Americans in their country. Working in the office that supports the operations and maintenance of all embassies is a great challenge every day, and I have a greater ability to plan and initiate programs that will enhance the long term operation of these U.S. properties.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that every two years, there is a rotation of mid-level Foreign Service Officers who arrive with "attitude". Some arrive with the intent to move up at any cost, and will make deals with other Foreign Service officers to keep talented staff in their place. Others want to make positive changes, only to get frustrated by the bureaucracy, and then decide, "I'm outta here in X months!"

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond the "fad of the day" and embrace the reality that the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations is 80% about success in operations, and only 20% in planning, design and construction.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing, invigorating place to work, but lots of bureaucracy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers, real mission gives you a purpose, you can have an impact

    Cons

    So much bureaucracy it takes months upon months to get hired


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