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"Good Opportunity"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

There are a lot of good civil service positions within the Department. Working at State allows individuals to support the United States' mission abroad. It can be an extremely rewarding experience if in the right position.

Cons

There are plenty of opportunities for lateral moves within the Department but upon reaching the maximum grade for your position, you have to apply to a new position to get the next grade. If no position exists in your office, you'll have to apply elsewhere in the Department. Networking is key.

Advice to Management

Specialized experience can certainly benefit an organization; however, requiring it for a position may eliminate qualified individuals who can bring a lot to the office.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great work, but very hierarchical"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney 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

    The work is extremely interesting and is can affect millions

    Cons

    The workplace is very hierarchical. If you're junior, it's frowned upon if you ever try to speak to someone senior. It's demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!


  2. "Great experience depending on where you are"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern FSI in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern FSI in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Empowering environment
    -great co-workers, many of whom are willing to give advice, take it with a grain of salt though there are a wide variety of career paths at the State Department
    -feels like you are making a difference even if you aren't

    Cons

    -little transparency in the hiring process
    -limited potential for advancement as an intern, not much better for contractors or civil service, Foreign Service Officers are the most supported for obvious reasons

    Advice to Management

    Tell interns what they will be doing before hiring them, delegate more responsibility. be upfront about long term hiring processes

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