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"U.S. Department of State"

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

Pros

The work is typically challenging, in interesting locations, with ample administrative support, ample paid leave periods, and ample life support, e.g., billeting, meals, etc.

Cons

The agency is risk averse, and reticent to make adequate, timely decisions regarding topics of importance to both the U.S. and foreign governments.

Advice to Management

Be less risk averse and incorporate more timely and forceful decision-making.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

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    "Information Management Specialist"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, retirement, opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Slow promotions, outdated technology, and limited opportunities to move into other areas. They have a medieval approach to specialist.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, have some integrity and learn to manage.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great mission, challenging work environment"

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

    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.


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