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"Overall experience working overseas has been excellent."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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Pros

The travel and chance to live in many overseas locales provides the opportunity for professional growth. The State Department provides free housing and pays all utilities.

Cons

Long work days and in some locations health concerns are always present. Some overseas countries are downright dangerous with very poor infrastructures and security.

Advice to Management

Management is a hit or miss which can impact the morale at smaller embassies. Management seems reluctant to get rid of poor performers due to fear of the "grievance process"

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of Responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FSO jobs rotate every two years on average, so you always get to look forward to something new.

    Cons

    In Washington DC you do not get much responsibility until you hit the FS-02 level. Stay overseas until then.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely a great learning experience, but incredibly bureaucratic at times."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    networking opportunities, sense of public service, job security, travel (as a FSO), lots of people with interesting international backgrounds and personal stories, encouraging work environment

    Cons

    lots of red tape (like any agency though), strong sense of office hierarchy, potential for office politics/conflict, security clearance process

    Advice to Management

    It's incredibly important to really make the most out of the high-school and college age interns who work for State; we can do so much more, contribute so much more, and learn so much more!

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