U.S. Department of State FAQ

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27 English questions out of 27

August 10, 2020

What are perks and other benefits like at U.S. Department of State?

Pros

exciting work, smart people, fair pay, great benefits, travel opportunities

Cons

no accountability for poor management, glass ceiling for civil service officers

exciting work, smart people, fair pay, great benefits, travel opportunities

August 10, 2020

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June 21, 2019

Does U.S. Department of State offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

Travel, housing paid for, college tuition discounts, TSP matching.

Cons

Poor or non-existent job options for spouses, non-confrontational work environment which leads to poor leadership and management.

Advice to Management

Write true employee evaluation reports, weed out the dead wood because there is a lot of it.

Travel, housing paid for, college tuition discounts, TSP matching.

June 21, 2019

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August 24, 2020

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

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.

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September 19, 2019

What is the retirement plan like at U.S. Department of State?

Pros

-Travel, -hands on work like a technician, - job security, pension (although small and after 20 years of service),Matching 401K, Benefits (paid housing and utilities overseas), - While overseas you gain additional salary add-ons with differential pay, COLA, and danger pay depending on your location. -Don't Forget to add 25% compatibility pay to your domestic salary -Rotational career path with only two years domestically and three years overseas at any one assignment

Cons

-Opportunity to manage large teams, -Hands-on work like a technician, -slow pay progression, -limited scope of work -promotions are limited by time in each pay grade and very competitive with small salary increments. -Travel can be a Con as well since you travel routinely as part of work at least 25% -You cannot spend more than two tours usually overseas before being called back domestically -Working domestically can be expensive in DC and you lose housing benefits -Impossible for your spouse to have a career in this line of work unless she joins the foreign service as well -If your wife does join the service they may ask you to serve a tour apart (can be difficult to get assigned together) -Low starting salary

Advice to Management

Hire more experienced personnel from the private sector to gain new perspectives. Experience personnel will require higher starting salaries

- job security, pension (although small and after 20 years of service),Matching 401K, Benefits (paid housing and utilities overseas),

September 19, 2019

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June 4, 2018

How are career development opportunities at U.S. Department of State?

Pros

Interesting, dynamic, multi-cultural, tough to get fired

Cons

Slow promotions, little control over career path, stifling bureaucracy, tough on spouses

Slow promotions, little control over career path, stifling bureaucracy, tough on spouses

June 4, 2018

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