US Department of State
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www.state.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry

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    Prestige, but very high turnover and no opportunities

    Public Health Advisor (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsAccess to many high level people

    ConsNo room to grow, and hindered by bureacracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hired help

    IT Manager (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosextensive travel to overseas locations

    ConsLong hours of with absolutely no recognition by management

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good intern experience

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros-- Worked in an office within one of the geographic bureaus
    -- Variety of tasks, many of which were substantial
    -- Weekends off

    Cons-- Little contact with other interns
    -- Did not seem like a great place to work long-term (if you're a foreign service officer, you are basically deployed somewhere else every two years and can't have a life; if you're a civil service officer, you're considered easily replaceable and not very respected)
    -- Very bureaucratic. I did not understand what that meant until I worked at State.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour job is impossibly difficult -- I think you're doing pretty well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsVariety of projects; incredibly smart co-workers; travel; lifestyle

    ConsResults not strictly measured; knowledge management across Embassies lacking

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to the Mission goals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, good mission.

    Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsFascinating to be a part of foreign policy. You will have the opportunity to be a part of history. You will travel to parts of the world most Americans will never see.

    ConsVery, very bureaucratic and risk averse. Careerism is a plague at State. Mid-level officers all too often take their eye off the mission in favor of protecting careers. However, there are some excellent people as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking about your careers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Opportunities

    Foreign Affairs Officer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsOn the forefront of foreign policy.

    ConsA government agency. Hard to move upwards, unless you network constantly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport Civil Servants for higher GS Grade

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Individuals, Horrible Work Life Balance

    Office Management Specialist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere are plenty of networking opportunities. Professional development is available for Federal employees. Great team members.

    ConsHorrible Work-Life Balance. Contractors are not given avenues for growth. There are no personal incentives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Foreign Service Officer--Adventure, Consuming Lifestyle

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsTravel, challenging positions and assignments, decent salary and benefits. Depending on the position, you can have significant autonomy and management experience early in your career. You work with intelligent, plugged-in people.

    ConsThe lifestyle can be tough on partners and children. There is a huge emphasis on careerism and ego.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe flexible with families or singles who are caretakers (an increasing number of adults in the U.S.). Stand outside the bubble every now and then and realize that the placement of a water glass at a bilateral is not/not going to affect the outcome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart People

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros- Great experience
    - Looks great on a resume
    - Real work for a real cause

    ConsNo pay for interns, only transit costs are covered. I would recommend applying to fellowships through university to fund housing costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Overseas Career

    Information Management Specialist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsLiving overseas and the travel is what made this a great career for me. Although few in numbers, there are some really wonderful and talented people who care about their mission and helping others. Lots of autonomy.

    ConsThe State Department Foreign Service tends to attract elitists – we have more than our fair share of overeducated people with little commonsense. If you are not a shameless self-promoter you’ll have difficulties moving up the career ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake full responsibility when things go wrong.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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