US Department of State - OK, but could be better | Glassdoor
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"OK, but could be better"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good work/life balance, good international travel opportunities, decent pay, great benefits (especially when posted abroad), great access to important/interesting people

Cons

*It's a bit of a cult
*coworkers
*you're often reminded that you are in fact just another bureaucrat
*State hasn't fully embraced technology

Advice to Management

I think the Secretary is great and I'm sure her top staff are also very good. However, as you move down to middle management, the talent pool is very hit or miss.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good early pay and benefits but the work can be slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great promotions early on, ood place to start off a career.
    -The best job security
    -Guaranteed promotion
    -Easy work-life balance

    Cons

    -Work can be frustratingly droll
    -Poor communication among government agencies
    -Infuriating bureaucracy
    -You eventually hit a glass ceiling in terms of promotion and pay

    Advice to Management

    Get behing the most competent workers and be more egalitarian. Seniority should not matter as much a competence. Work harder to retain talented individuals,


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A mixture of deep appreciation and profound disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating, stimulating, committed individuals who are actually doing the work (as against those who are in a supervisory, management role)

    Cons

    Incompetent management; obsession at the management level with establishing and maintaining "corridor reputation" (what others think of you), sometimes at the expense of mission, and always at the expense of other people; very poor balance between quality of life and work

    Advice to Management

    Learn to match your deeds with your words. Focus on integrity and mission. Learn to build community among those who are serving under you.

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