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"Great experience living overseas"

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Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Experience different cultures and countries. See the world while serving your country.

Cons

Third world locations, tough living conditions.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good international opportunities; terrible human resources system"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for international work. The very best Foreign Service Officers are very good.

    Cons

    Excessively rigid tenure and promotion system does not reward initiative and allows almost everyone, even the bad apples, to obtain tenure (approx 98% tenure rate). Career advancement emphasized over professional development, and insular environment, union, and lack of mid-level hiring creates an echo chamber-like environment within which everyone perceives their abilities to be excellent even when demonstrably false.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the diplomatic service to mid-level hiring and reduce the percentage of officers who are tenured. Emphasize professional skills development as a means to career advancement instead of separating the two ideas, Encourage officers to become experts in at least one skill or discipline. And reward innovation by overhauling the review and promotion process to focus on advancing mission objectives instead of just working on isolated projects.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Former Foreign Service Officer (Generalist)"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training, benefits and opportunity to contribute at senior levels when serving overseas in smaller nations. Especially enjoyed working in the Africa Bureau, where the Department has a lot of autonomy in conducting US foreign policy

    Cons

    The promotion system, like the military, is stultified and seniority based. On the occasions I had to work with political appointees, I found them difficult and generally unqualified.

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