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US Department of State Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
349 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • If you work for the Foreign Service, you get to see the world in so many meaningful ways (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest turn off for me were actually the foreign service officers (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Big Government in a Small Department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique opportunities to see exotic parts of the world
    Dynamic environment
    Critical function in providing diplomacy for the U.S.
    Great opportunity to meet people from far off places.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, bureaucracy
    Small offices, Large personalities
    Stovepipes and silos slow progress and increase frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger strategic vision and plan
    Breakdown stovepipes and silos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITEP Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - ITEP Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    paid, open door policies, everyone willing to share their experiences and help you grow. great for students

    Cons

    you're either doing nothing or too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more structure in the internship programs, like a mandatory project or presentation. sometimes interns had to chase officers and ask for parts on a project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience at US Consulate General Guangzhou

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance of consular work is truly excellent and you will work with some of the most interesting people.

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to create change because there are so many systems of approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more contribution from FASTOs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Experience at State

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Trainee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Trainee in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Great people; Intelligent and hardworking teammates on my team; State really pushes for optimum work-life balance; one of the few decently paid internships for people with less than 1 year professional work experience

    Cons

    Majority of supervisors, I have heard, are great to work with, however I ended up with someone who was kicked down from D.C. for all the problems they caused in D.C.; difficult energy wise to work from 8 am - 5:30 pm and take a thesis course over the summer while working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Willingness to work with you so you do what you want. Great chance to network.

    Cons

    Structure of the internship itself ( regarding documentation upon arrival) should be streamlined for interns to begin work without hassle.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was given lots of responsibility and exposure to interesting issues/problems/people. They treat you like an adult and equal, so expectations can be high, but it's a fantastic environment in which to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes the expectations are a bit ridiculous when you consider you're working for free. I'd often find myself doing the same job as someone getting paid 100k+ sitting across from me. This would irritate me a bit, but it's just the reality of the job market these days. Gotta pay your dues!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to allow interns to transition to full-time or part-time positions.

  8.  

    Public Affairs Intern

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    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great exposure to the Department of State
    -Good networking opportunities

    Cons

    -The experience of each intern varied on the quality of the manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I accepted an internship position at the China and Mongolia Desk. It was a fantastic experience. You do get the chance to network and have access to interesting cables. The security clearance ain't bad either.

    Cons

    That said, they really need to give more than just a transportation stipend for all the extra hours you can work. This unpaid internship nonsense has to stop in general, but especially regarding the federal government.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    DOS offers unlimited opportunities for growth and experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    For those interested in learning about new cultures and how the US interacts with them, it offers one of the best environments to do so. There are many opportunities for international travel and living overseas for helping others and for making a difference. Most of all, you make lifelong friendships and excellent professional connections.

    Cons

    There is an insider/outsider mentality that veils the department. At times, it can seem somewhat like a "Glee" club with too many smiling faces hiding their true feelings. In order to excel in this environment you must know the inside game and play it well. Insiders that accept you will teach you the hidden dos and don'ts for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think and step outside the box sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tremendous exposure to the inner workings of the foreign policy machine.

    Cons

    Human Resources are a disaster. The internship itself was totally unorganized and provided very little guidance or mentorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    State needs to consider restructuring its internship program to fall more in line with private sector standards of organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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