US Department of State Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry
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Pros
  • If you work for the Foreign Service, you get to see the world in so many meaningful ways (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. Information Management Specialist

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get to live and work in awesome places all over the world.

    Cons

    You have to live and work in some truly awful places.

    Advice to Management

    Great organization to work for.

  2. Happy time

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very nice Organization to work for.

    Cons

    I have no cons with the US Department of State

    Advice to Management

    Good management

  3. Excellent employer, consistently one of the best government agencies to work for.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No matter if your a government employee or government contractor you are treated fairly.

    Cons

    There wasn't much controversy or things I saw that they did wrong in my opionion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what works and listening to all your employees for the things that will continue to get the job done.

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  5. Excellent benefits and work environment.

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    Current Employee - Community Liaison Office Coordinator in Maseru (Lesotho)
    Current Employee - Community Liaison Office Coordinator in Maseru (Lesotho)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your learn something new everyday and with every challenge comes a great sense of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Relocation is part of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Will be nice to have more job related training.

  6. Pathways Internship Program at the State Department

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    Current Employee - Pathways Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Pathways Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State

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

    Pros

    The program has given me a ton of opportunities, including tours of the ops center, attending seminars and networking events, and opportunities for full time careers after I graduate. In the program, I have worked in 2 different offices, both of which have been great. It is also a very well paid internship program which is excellent considering most internships that offer these kinds of opportunities are unpaid.

    Cons

    Starting in the program involves a lot of paperwork and it takes forever to get everything set up.

  7. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great travel opportunities
    Good work life balance
    Interesting issues to work on

    Cons

    Management not always well trained
    Can be dangerous

    Advice to Management

    Help employees to cross cones more frequently

  8. Amazing Experiene

    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great hands on experience. Dedicated and professional staff.

    Cons

    Would have liked greater responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay the interns!!!!

  9. Living and working abroad representing the USG.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    excitement, impact, org culture, super smart and interesting people

    Cons

    beaurocracy, rules for everything, moving every 2 years (could be a pro!)

  10. Helpful (3)

    Phenomenal, exhausting, worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely challenging, sense of purpose, decent compensation, opportunities for international travel/living. Outstanding, high-achieving colleagues who work as a team. Almost every manager I ever had was great and cared not just about policy, but about the people they managed. If you show you're competent, you'll get more responsibility.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, culture of CYA, bureaucratic wrangling can be frustrating, zero consequences for poor management (since most managers move on within 2 years, higher-ups are content to pass the buck and let poor managers slide), some favoritism, conflict among Foreign Service Officers - Civil Servants - and Political Appointees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to middle management and emphasize accountability. Hold all employees accountable instead of counting down the days until they leave. Pay attention to retention rates and morale in particular offices.

  11. Great place to intern.

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

    I worked at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was treated as a part of the team and got a lot of responsibility early on.
    Minimal administrative work compared to other internships.

    Cons

    Unpaid.
    Won't lead to a job even if they like you due to federal hiring processes.

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