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Attractiveness of Careers at U.S. Department of State

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer, Retired in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer, Retired in Washington, DC
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Challenging work, employee support, travel opportunities

Cons

Caps on salary, occasionally less than ideal life style

Advice to Management

none

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

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    Excellent

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

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

    Pros

    Great potential for learning as the agency receives relatively low funding (compared to DOJ, DHS, DOD). They attempt to achieve a lot with as few people resources as possible.

    Cons

    Big government - slow to implement change (if you're young). Contractor vs. GS Employee culture. Little in the way of mentorship across GS-Contractor lines.

    Advice to Management

    Build in more promotion potential in both the GS and Contractor worlds. Federal gov't in general is on a freeze for raises. They need to lift this freeze. Hard to compete with private sector in this regard. People want raises after a couple years of work without having to jump ship into another role/agency.


  2. FSO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    travel, overseas experience, opportunity to do things that you couldn't in a state-side job. Very challenging at times. It is great for someone in early 20's to start in the FSO food chain cycle. Lots of time off. Opportunity to travel to exotic places on 3 day weekends.

    Cons

    Move every 2-3 years. Management isn't the best. Not great leadership training. You don't develop a particular expertise in anything due to culture.

    Advice to Management

    Need real leadership training.


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