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U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "The management i very flexible and understanding for work life balance" (in 44 reviews)

  • "You get opportunities to see the world, to be involved in policy decisions, and occasionally to work on high-profile issues with high-level people" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Having a work/life balance is a major challenge" (in 35 reviews)

  • "No opportunities to join if not foreign service" (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people and most committed I've ever worked with. It was an honor to serve my country via the State Department.

    Cons

    Management should do more to merge the political and economic cones for continued diplomatic success.


  2. "DSS"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good interesting job with travel and overseas opportunities

    Cons

    Big bureaucracy that can be stifling

  3. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Work Environment, Co-Workers

    Cons

    internal movement or growth is difficult


  4. "Forefront of foreign policy"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing mission and work; smart colleagues

    Cons

    Civil service will have a hard time obtaining top-level leadership positions.


  5. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Being a diplomat is pretty chill.

    Cons

    But sometimes people try to shoot at you.


  6. "FOA"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer
    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very rewarding career paths. It took me a while to learn the ropes so I would say dont beat yourself up. Things will start clicking within 6 months.

    Cons

    Very cut throat. Got thrown in the deep on many occasion. It was hard for me to adjust because I like to have structure.


  7. "Important work, definitely a lifestyle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Important, challenging work with some very bright colleagues

    Cons

    Big bureaucracy, slow-moving, definitely a lifestyle more than a job so have to sign on for that

  8. "IT Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Department of State part-time

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work changes everyday

    Cons

    Subject to whims of Congress


  9. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Work life-balance, strong commitment to State Department's mission, and ability to move around laterally to experience different assignments

    Cons

    Low morale, Foreign Service v Civil Service divide, lack of innovation


  10. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment, really get to do projects that really impact your specific office's day to day operations.

    Cons

    Really no Cons about working in the State Department.