U.S. Department of State FAQ

Have questions about working at U.S. Department of State? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at U.S. Department of State.

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52 English questions out of 52

August 24, 2020

What is paid time off like at U.S. Department of State?

Pros

Free housing, 6 weeks holiday (home leave) + your normal PTO, extra holidays for living abroad, paid vacations (R&R ), bonuses for family size, pension, high 401k contribution.

Cons

Bureaucracy, bad management, weak leadership at the A/S and up level, lack of overall institutional objectives, sidelined by the NSC and other internationally oriented agencies

Advice to Management

The State Department is only as powerful as the administration empowers it to be.

Free housing, 6 weeks holiday (home leave) + your normal PTO, extra holidays for living abroad, paid vacations (R&R ), bonuses for family size, pension, high 401k contribution.

August 24, 2020

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May 13, 2021

Does U.S. Department of State offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great benefits package, travel abroad

Cons

Few people of color, limited diversity

Great benefits package, travel abroad

May 13, 2021

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July 27, 2021

Does U.S. Department of State have a pension plan?

Pros

You're a diplomat. Get paid to travel the world. Contribute to something you believe in. You can make the career work for your family if you forgo a focus on being Amb., and instead retire at 50 with a pension and great travel stories.

Cons

Too many people drink the kool-aid without considering if that actually make a contribution. Writing, rewriting, and passing along a speaking point does not mean you made peace in the middle east. People (lots of men) like to work past 7 to show their dedication. Managing your time or portfolio well is not as respected as 12 hours on duty or being friends with the DAS.

You can make the career work for your family if you forgo a focus on being Amb., and instead retire at 50 with a pension and great travel stories.

July 27, 2021

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August 13, 2020

Does U.S. Department of State offer family leave?

Pros

good benefits, good work life balance

Cons

disorganized, slow upward mobility, boring work

good benefits, good work life balance

August 13, 2020

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March 18, 2021

Does U.S. Department of State offer a wellness program?

Pros

Great benefits, training, and travel.

Cons

Bureaucracy and the "good 'ol boy" system

Great benefits, training, and travel.

March 18, 2021

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