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"Foreign Service Officer--Adventure, Consuming Lifestyle"

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Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
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I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Travel, challenging positions and assignments, decent salary and benefits. Depending on the position, you can have significant autonomy and management experience early in your career. You work with intelligent, plugged-in people.

Cons

The lifestyle can be tough on partners and children. There is a huge emphasis on careerism and ego.

Advice to Management

Be flexible with families or singles who are caretakers (an increasing number of adults in the U.S.). Stand outside the bubble every now and then and realize that the placement of a water glass at a bilateral is not/not going to affect the outcome.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. "Interesting work and opportunities to travel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and there are many opportunities to work on relevant and pressing international issues. There are also many travel opportunities and good benefits. Despite the recent budget cuts, employees maintain job security and are largely unaffected.

    Cons

    The State Department can be overly bureaucratic and there is often much red tape involved in changing positions, getting training, or going abroad. The organization tends to be hierarchical with managers wielding a lot of prestige and influence, though not always warranted.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers stay in positions too long, but most are professional and well qualified


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    "Great Individuals, Horrible Work Life Balance"

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    Current Contractor - Office Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Office Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are plenty of networking opportunities. Professional development is available for Federal employees. Great team members.

    Cons

    Horrible Work-Life Balance. Contractors are not given avenues for growth. There are no personal incentives.

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