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"Avoid State Department Management & Operations"

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Current Employee - Financial Management Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Financial Management Officer in Washington, DC
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Pros

State Department is divided into several "cones" or divisions. You'll probably be satisfied if you go in as a political, economic, consular, or public diplomacy officer. Just not a management officer.

Cons

Don't ever go into anything that deals with internal management, especially if you're in the civil service or foreign service specialist. The bureaucracy is suffocating. Management is incompetent, and to get anything done, working through layers and layers of red tape is just simply exhausting. People actually take pride in finding loop holes around the regulations in order to get something done.

Advice to Management

Why are there any financial or general service specialist in the foreign service when any generalist with no prior financial management or procurement can also take the job with a bare 2 months of training?

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if interested in seeing the world"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great travel and benefits (education, health) for your family

    Cons

    lockstep career advancement -- really no room for rapid advancement for exceptional work or out of the box thinking.

    Advice to Management

    not worth all the tests/clearances required


  2. "OK, but could be better"

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    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.

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