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"Great mission, challenging work environment"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

For international relations junkies, this is the place to be. You will be working with intelligent, ambitious people with a passion for public service. It's a huge agency that works in many, many different sectors.

Cons

Still very stratified between foreign service, civil service and contractors. Difficult to build a varied, fulfilling career in civil service.

Advice to Management

Consider reforming the personnel system. The department would be better served if FSOs didn't all have to rotate out after only 2 years and weren't incentivized to make change where it is sometimes unwarranted. Civil servants should be given more opportunities to develop a broader ranger of experiences by having the option to perform temporary rotations in other bureaus and overseas posts.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Long hours, women definitely cannot have it all!"

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    Former Employee - Public Diplomacy, Consular in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Public Diplomacy, Consular in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The most amazing colleagues. The chance to shape history.

    Cons

    Lack of female leadership--most women at the top are workaholics who sacrificed their spouse's career opportunities to get there, or worse, are angry and bitter at their failed relationships (i.e. single or divorced) and want to take it out on younger women seeking a healthy work/life balance. Lack of paid parental leave (the VLTP was a joke, I never got a single day due to "glitches" both times despite due diligence on my part).

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the Stone Ages. Flex time, telecommuting, and a healthy work/life balance are GOOD for productivity.


  2. "Great learning experience as an intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, the staff really makes good use of the interns (i.e. you'll never be fetching coffee or making photocopies), chance to work on projects with real-world impact and feel like you're a part (albeit small) of the U.S. foreign policy machinery

    Cons

    Schedule can be a bit inflexible if you're attending school part-time (sometimes stayed late to work on a briefing with other staffers), not easy to leverage internship into a full-time position on graduation

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