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U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2019

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U.S. Department of State CEO Mike Pompeo
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Pros
  • "People across all levels of the Foreign Service were open to meeting with interns and discussing life in the(in 58 reviews)

  • "Good introduction to Federal government, especially foreign policy work environment(in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • "The down side of the Foreign Service is that it can be very hard on family life(in 65 reviews)

  • "Having a work/life balance is a major challenge(in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Impactful Work"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are adventurous it's an awesome job due to the travel and relocation opportunities.

    Cons

    Moving around every 2-3 years can be hard on a family.

    U.S. Department of State2019-04-19
  2. "Tough to get in, many unique opportunities, lots of bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Junior Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel, amazing benefits, diplomat, sometimes your job can really make a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, mid-senior level FSOs can make your life miserable, arbitrary promotions

    Advice to Management

    We've lost a lot of our values and international credibility under this administration.

    U.S. Department of State2019-08-19
  3. "Meaningful and significant role but can be a lot of work!"

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    Former Employee - Community Liaison Office Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - make significant contribution to embassy Mission community - variety of tasks - involved and get to understand every part of Embassy operations - ability to exercise lots of creativity

    Cons

    - generally not enough staff for the amount of work that needs to be done - often under-appreciated (people dont realize the amount of work you actually do, they just focus on what they see (events) which is less than 30% of what you actually do - first point of contact for gripe and complaints - work/life balance is sometimes difficult

    Advice to Management

    - support the CLO as much as you can, appreciate them whenever you can

    U.S. Department of State2019-08-06
  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Passport Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay, great work life balance, opportunity to travel regionally

    Cons

    Micro Managing not at managements fault, employees can lack independent analysis but it’s not their fault either. You have to lock up your phones, they don’t trust you. Lack of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive instead of reactive.

    U.S. Department of State2019-07-27
  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cool mission, lots of stuff to do

    Cons

    Giant bureaucracy, hard to actually do stuff

    U.S. Department of State2019-08-05
  6. "Overall Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The experience of supporting strategic level objectives and forward thinking policies cannot be replaced.

    Cons

    The system processes and technology are archaic. Civil service opportunities can be limiting from a professional development perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Make modern day technology available to the masses, you never know what your going to get from innovative up and comers. Incentivize leadership at the lower levels, develop a formal planning process, promote private sector standards and development rather than internal methodologies.

    U.S. Department of State2019-07-09
  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK Organization Room for Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Passport Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High outreach event availability Decent Pay monetary awards for high achievers allowance for mistakes good benefits fun coworkers some training opportunities emphasis on family values

    Cons

    some of management has obvious favorites willful neglect of the audit error rate training opportunities and courses were gutted nearly impossible to get outstanding unless you're in bed with management slow promotion

    Advice to Management

    stop with the favoritism and neglecting the employees that work harder but don't brownnose and inquire about your family life - its not that we don't care about what happens, we just feel the work environment is not the place to bring this. accelerated promotions and grant supervisory opportunities to those employees who have demonstrated they can perform at that level extend training tools to employees who have shown...

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    U.S. Department of State2019-07-01
  8. "Great and passionate people but bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer 

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

    Pros

    passion smart colleagues travel interesting topics to work on

    Cons

    Bureaucracy Current policy priority of the administration

    U.S. Department of State2019-07-02
  9. Helpful (1)

    "government employee"

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    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for now, currently

    Cons

    no measurements of performance and culture is not geared for men of color

    Advice to Management

    get real and start valuing men of color

    U.S. Department of State2019-06-26
  10. "Structure is failing, unstable"

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

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unique exposure and opportunities, travel, benefits

    Cons

    Ambitious managers, yes men, bureaucracy, no vision

    Advice to Management

    Clarity and transparency go a long way in getting your team to trust & follow

    U.S. Department of State2019-06-21
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