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Great Job, Difficult Management

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  • Senior Management
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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great benefits, smart people, interesting work

Cons

Bureaucracy, difficult management, lower pay than other fields

Advice to Management

Trust employees more, less hierarchy

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Diplomacy has lost its prestige and stifles ambitious young employees

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (4)

    Not all it's cracked up to be

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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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