Defined benefit package that includes choice of healthcare plans with significant employer contribution, life insurance, TSP with matching, reasonable salary, and retirement plan.
Benefits are great. You have healthcare, 401k, paid vacations, education loan repayment benefits, and more. One of the best benefits is flexible work schedules.
Travel and free housing when serving overseas
The benefits package is fairly standard for a federal government employee, although foreign service officers are afforded more perks with their positions in various posts around the world.
best: time off, 401k, education benefits for FSOs.
As an unpaid intern, the only benefit given was a government transportation card that covered your commute to and from the State Department.
Same health insurance as other federal jobs, excellent selection of plans. Retirement is pretty good if you manage to stay in long enough.
TSP is the retirement savings plan and matched up to 5%. Maternity and Paternity leave is allowed and encouraged but not paid for. You must have sufficient sick or annual leave to cover it. Insurance options are great, probably around 100 to choose from. Pension offered after a certain age and a certain number of years employed, appears to require a lifetime commitment. Student Loan Repayment Options for certain positions, up to 10 years or $60,000, but require a multi-year commitment. Locality pay in DC and many countries based on security risk and cost of living.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) also known as 401k, offers the ability to match your salary $1 for $1, leaving you doubling your TSP contributions each pay period. In 2017, unfortunately there is no designated maternity or paternity leave per se, without conditions. In some instances, some have been forced to use their personal sick leave first before requesting "administrative leave" or "comp time" towards maternity or paternity leave. There are pros and cons to this because a person just starting in government may not have accumulated enough bi-weekly sick leave to take off for say 3 months for paternity leave. It will take the act of Congress to institute such a package for federal employees. Until then, this is where things stand.
Best Thing: Moving expenses, housing, and education allowances provided to those in the Foreign Service. Excellent medical insurance coverage, Worst Thing: Low base pay in comparison to the private sector.