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U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated August 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "The management i very flexible and understanding for work life balance" (in 41 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 34 reviews)

  • "Frequent family separations, most of America has no idea how important the foreign service is to our national security" (in 62 reviews)

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  1. "Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits for both employee and entire family. Great working environment at US Embassies around the world. Great travel opportunities and your chance to travel to exotic places, see the world, live , work with and experience other cultures.

    Cons

    Away from friends and family when posted overseas for long periods. Bureaucracy often gets in the way of you being able to successfully complete your job.

    Advice to Management

    Personal grudges of supervisors and colleagues can sometime interfere with and affect your placement and career.


  2. "Great mission, tough times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The mission of US diplomats is a real draw for people interested in working in public service and working overseas. Opportunities to impact US foreign policy.

    Cons

    Morale has suffered lately, due to leadership and sense that diplomacy is being undervalued as a tool of foreign policy.

    Advice to Management

    Swagger on. There is no reason this should not be a premier workplace of choice, but will take attention to the large problems officers are facing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "US FEDERAL MARSHALS"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Model economy platform

    Cons

    President of USA relevant intervention

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with CECL


  4. "Cool Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been working at DoS for over 8 years. Great benefits, and good place to work.

    Cons

    The office bureau I worked out of moved. Now I have to drive to work/home in heavy traffic.


  5. "Challenging Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the position, you are able to have lasting impact on policy conversations. The agency is small enough to know every person throughout the policy issue circle: in embassies, the interagency, the White House, and other partners in the region that you work.

    Cons

    There is no serious conversation on properly funding diplomacy in Congress.


  6. "Great job for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for travel. Excellent benefits for overseas employees including housing and schooling for children.

    Cons

    Long times spent away from family and friends. Currently going through a crisis of morale.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good hours, great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Unpaid 40 hrs a week

  8. "A challenging, but good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place to influence policy and programs and determine where State spends it's foreign assistance budget. Good exposure to the inner workings of the Government.

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy, paper-pushing, and navel gazing. Not a lot of room for creativity and risk-taking!


  9. "Consular Assistant"

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

    Pros

    You get paid a decent salary. Get to know interesting people. Thrift plan.

    Cons

    Very strict schedule. High pace job. Have to provide customer service for a large amount of people a day.


  10. "HR Rover/Escort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility: I was able to work as many or as little hours as I wanted.

    Cons

    My position was only WAE (when actually employee) so no benefit packages for me

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your staff and take into consideration their input to make things better and easier at work.


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