US Department of State - Excellent Internship at the State Department | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for US Department of State
There are newer employer reviews for US Department of State

See Most Recent

"Excellent Internship at the State Department"

StarStarStarStarStar
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Office Culture, Professional Growth, Transportation Subsidy, Access to learning materials and speakers, Mentorship, Learning, Employee Benefits (Credit Union, Cafeteria, Gym), Food Trucks, tuition reimbursement plan for FTE's

Cons

Clunky government work, niche, seniority over superiority, government salaries, slow-moving work, work can be too niche, cafeteria is nicer at other agencies, gym is somewhat expensive, memo edits take forever, no pay for interns

Advice to Management

The usual statements about clunky government work.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (2)

    "It's a stable job with decent pay and benefits and lot of opportunity to travel"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Travel opportunities: You receive federal holidays, local holidays (when stationed abroad), and 13+ days of vacation annually.
    2. Free housing (while stationed abroad)

    Cons

    1. NO opportunities for career advancement
    2. Management is disinclined to allow training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    1. Treat FSOs and Specialists equally.
    2. Learn what specialists actually do, so that you may more effectively evaluate their job performance and assit with professional development.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great for overseas travel, but Foreign Service Officers always consider themselves superior to Civil Service personnel."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Branch Chief in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Branch Chief in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to see places around the world, and gain a much higher appreciation of the U.S., this is the place to work. Over the past 12 years, I have been able to get paid to travel to the U.S. embassy in 33 countries, and the locally employed staff are (almost) always glad to cooperate with the Americans in their country. Working in the office that supports the operations and maintenance of all embassies is a great challenge every day, and I have a greater ability to plan and initiate programs that will enhance the long term operation of these U.S. properties.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that every two years, there is a rotation of mid-level Foreign Service Officers who arrive with "attitude". Some arrive with the intent to move up at any cost, and will make deals with other Foreign Service officers to keep talented staff in their place. Others want to make positive changes, only to get frustrated by the bureaucracy, and then decide, "I'm outta here in X months!"

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond the "fad of the day" and embrace the reality that the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations is 80% about success in operations, and only 20% in planning, design and construction.

There are newer employer reviews for US Department of State
There are newer employer reviews for US Department of State

See Most Recent

Work at US Department of State? Share Your Experiences

US Department of State
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or