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Great Job, Difficult Management

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

I have been working at US Department of State

Pros

Great benefits, smart people, interesting work

Cons

Bureaucracy, difficult management, lower pay than other fields

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust employees more, less hierarchy

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Diplomacy has lost its prestige and stifles ambitious young employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Prestige, making a difference, work that is important and global in scope, international travel, interesting and diverse colleagues

    Cons

    No incentive structure - show up from 9 to 5 and you'll be paid the same as colleagues who work late every night. Only one promotion schedule: seniority and time in service. Work for 25 years and you might be an Ambassador. No fast-track promotions for young, smart, ambitious employees. I'm new - 7 years in - and my job today is exactly what is was 7 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon the seniority hierarchy, flatten the organization, give ambitious people opportunities for advancement.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Not all it's cracked up to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    The State Department offers excellent travel opportunities and employees take on high levels of responsibility at early stages in their career.

    Cons

    The organizational culture is archaic, innovation and entrepreneurship is undervalued and people are not given sufficient opportunity for personal and professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to make a greater effort to provide promotions and growth opportunities based on MERIT. The rank in person system for the foreign service is ineffective and completely unappealing to younger generations.

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