U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2020

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U.S. Department of State Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
84 Ratings
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  • "chasm between civil service and foreign service employees' some of the FSOs can be very arrogant and entitled(in 70 reviews)

  • "work/life balance is sometimes difficult(in 39 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Best job in Gov"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FSO 

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

    Pros

    Too many to list but probably the way you can serve the nation.

    Cons

    Travel and nomadic lifestyle are not for everyone, especially if you want to give your kids stability.

  2. "Excellent benefits, work-life balance is your own"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, networking, proximity to government and industry

    Cons

    Mobility can be difficult in civil service


  3. "Good job"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel, US policy engagement, career advancement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, constant moving, jobs for spouses

  4. "Interesting internship- depends on placement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good way to get experience at State Department. Opportunities to sit in on meetings, work was tailored to my interests. Networking opportunities

    Cons

    A lot of busy work/downtime, unpaid, no offer of employment afterwards

  5. "Great opportunities, commitment to diversity still needs work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent growth opportunities, brilliant and hardworking colleagues, ability to see the world and make an impact

    Cons

    Limited management training, insufficient dedication to minority recruitment and retention, toxic employees often get bounced from office to office rather than being dealt with

  6. "Information Management Specialist"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Information Management Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to Travel the world

    Cons

    The pay is low considering my exp

  7. "Great employer"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Office Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, wonderful people, opportunity to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    lots of moves, lots of overtime

  8. "Overall - good place to work, many opportunities within"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    many opportunities within; chance to travel

    Cons

    chasm between civil service and foreign service employees' some of the FSOs can be very arrogant and entitled

  9. "Amazing people, amazing mission!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people who work at State are devoted professionals. It is an honor to serve with such individuals - bright, worldly, and kind.

    Cons

    Not too much control over where you’ll end up serving. This can be hard on the family.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazingly smart people, stilted HR system"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Unit Chief in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The smartest people in government. The best, most professional ones, too.

    Cons

    Just terrible HR system that can't seem to overcome the vagaries of the civil service system in the way other agencies have been able to.

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