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"Great work, but very hierarchical"

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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!

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. "Great experience depending on where you are"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  2. "Best Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to do work that is actually meaningful, get to go to events within the State Department, and the supervisors are all friendly.

    Cons

    There is a lot of free time when there is no work to do, you may be asked to work on projects that you are not qualified for, the projects are not explained clearly.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the interns know exactly what they are doing.

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