US Department of State Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry
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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. Valuable 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 intern experience, highly encourage going abroad

    Cons

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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. US State Department

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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

    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


  6. Best internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Tons of learning opportunities. Ability to craft your own projects and take initiative.

    Cons

    Must be willing to search out opportunity and chances to contribute within the office in order to have maximum learning exposure. Difficult to leverage a full time (paid) position from a single internship.


  7. Representing America to the World

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - FSO in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State

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

    Pros

    Challenging, meaningful work
    Good pay and benefits
    Outstanding leadership and top-notch colleagues

    Cons

    Occasionally shot at, bombed or otherwise threatened


  8. I was an overseas LES

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It was good, steady work, with a good salary.

    Cons

    Limited work/life balance in some career tracks.


  9. Grants Management Specialist

    Current Employee - Intern in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Intern in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    This is a stable job

    Cons

    The same stability that provides good employees peace of mind allows non workers to cling to a job


  10. Operations Center - Operations Specialist

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very intelligent hard working colleagues, team environment, high visibility, good amout of time off.

    Cons

    Higher level positions require you to be available at all hours including weekends and nights. Private sector pay is much higher for the same type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on ways to incentivize employment.


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    State Department

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great networking and connections with policy makers and companies. Great way for your career to take off.

    Cons

    Long hours depending on your position with staff often working well past 40 hours to get the job done, risk averse, lots of email, technology is about 5-7 years behind the curve.

    Advice to Management

    Update technology platforms, do a major Bureau HR evaluation - look at processes in particular.



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