US Department of State Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Really good if you are interested in the Foreign Service (in 30 reviews)

  • See the world while serving your country (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • The biggest turn off for me were actually the foreign service officers (in 32 reviews)

  • This can dramatically impact work-life balance for years at a time (in 10 reviews)

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  1. State Dept Foreign Service internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great experience and exposure, wonderful location. Great way to build a resume and professional network.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship in one of the most expensive cities in Europe means significant personal financial investment.


  2. Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with employees willing to mentor and guide young people.

    Cons

    Most of the internship opportunities are unpaid.


  3. great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -reasonable working hours/less overtime expectation -pleasant working environment -brilliant and hardworking colleagues

    Cons

    -building has asbestos & caused me some health problems


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  5. Know why you're joining

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The foreign service is great if you want diverse experiences and have an interest in travel. Helpful if you are good with people

    Cons

    Difficult to balance professional and personal lives given the likely travel and 2-3 year assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest more in your workforce and it will pay dividends.


  6. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Facility Manager (At the Moment) in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Facility Manager (At the Moment) in Ashburn, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Master's degree helps understand international situations.

    Cons

    Worked for State too many years

    Advice to Management

    I am a competent administrator, with years of experience


  7. great place to work in Federal Govt

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, exciting and meaningful work, interesting colleagues

    Cons

    Of course - it's a bureaucratic, heirarchical system with lots of paperwork and red-tape.


  8. Valuable Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great intern experience, highly encourage going abroad

    Cons

    Unpaid internship, however, the experience alone makes up for that


  9. Experience Depends on Assignment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Pros

    Generally passionate staff who go out of their way to ensure that interns are actively engaged in their office's projects. This extends to the larger bureau itself (ISN) as well.

    Cons

    As an intern, your experience will greatly depend on the office you are assigned to rather than the bureau. This means you may get a dream internship working on policy in an area of interest, or you could end up in another office that operates within your desired bureau but not in the way you imagined. Luck of the draw, I guess.


  10. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State

    Pros

    Motivated, talented professionals driven by their mission.

    Cons

    No cons to share - great experience.


  11. US State Department

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, one of the things about the State Department that i like the most is that is have a lot to do with traveling outside of the country and do different things.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any things that are bad with the US Department of State

    Advice to Management

    Very Good Management



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