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Found 1,665 of over 2K reviews
3.9
81% Recommend to a Friend
U.S. Department of State Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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3.9
81%
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87%
Approve of CEO
U.S. Department of State Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken
183 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Good benefits and its a gov job(in 137 reviews)
  • "Great people; Intelligent and hardworking teammates on my team; State really pushes for optimum work(in 115 reviews)
  • "Some of my colleagues were great.(in 87 reviews)
  • "Great opportunity to get a clearance and exposure to the United States Government and Foreign Policy.(in 78 reviews)
  • "The salary was good but not the best.(in 44 reviews)
Cons
  • "far from your own country, poor management, difficult for singles AND married couples.(in 44 reviews)
  • "Federal bureaucracy and lots of red tape as a result; long security clearance process; internship was unpaid and abroad thereby incurring personal spending.(in 35 reviews)
  • "Long hours and the government bureaucracy(in 31 reviews)
  • "Poor management development with no consequences for poor managers.(in 31 reviews)
  • "Workaholic culture(in 28 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Good

    Jul 27, 2022 - Senior Engagement Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good things globally around world

    Cons

    Too slow bureaucratic political strssful

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Interesting Work, Poor Internal Support

    Aug 9, 2022 - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The types of work assignments are beyond compare - working with foreign governments on issues of urgent national security in countries overseas or based in the U.S. Being part of the interagency policymaking machine or part of White House-led discussions on how to solve international policy issues is unique and many times outweighs the administrative downsides (but not always).

    Cons

    To be promoted FSOs must prove they are performing at the next level, and many supervisors and Civil Service officers do not think that way - they protect their turf. One must get an excellent assignment to excel and stand out to the promotion panels (which are anonymous, and never give any feedback, in violation of EEOC decisions). The Department nickels and dimes its employees to death, making them pay up front -- and sometimes never get reimbursed -- for things that are provided to other foreign affairs agencies, like representational funds, taxis, business cards, and basic office supplies. Per diem allowances are reduced to almost nil when staying in the U.S. between assignments, making short-term housing difficult to find. It is rare that one obtains career counseling or training specific to an individual's needs for professional growth.

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Safe and mediocre

    Oct 4, 2022 - Knowledge Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Great benefits -Fair salary -Fairly accommodating (depending on the bureau/office, but some are horrible and will work you to death) -Possibility to jump from assignment to assignment and short-term exchanges called TDYs (temporary duty)

    Cons

    -Leadership is still pale, male, and Yale -Mediocrity is the name of the game (once you start rocking the boat, you get nowhere; only the politically appointed make any real changes) -Once you learn the job, you stop growing, so if you're looking for meaning, this is not the job you're looking for -Blinken appears to be promoting these great diversity initiatives but is actually self-promoting to later run for the Presidency (the most recent of many examples is the town hall he hosted for the Management Bureau in which he supposedly took questions from the audience; however, the invite did not solicit for questions, and those questions were moderated and read from scripts :/)

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Feedback for an outdated environment

    Nov 15, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Job security Communication with HR Salary

    Cons

    Outdated office ideas Telework Support Delegation and Supervisor Support No boundary setting for employee requests

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Paid Internship with the U.S. Department of State

    Nov 16, 2022 - Internship 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great development for student experience!

    Cons

    Your experience definitely depends on what office you get placed with

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    great colleagues, challenging work

    Nov 3, 2022 - Foreign Service Officer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Helping address the world's most pressing problems, learning about new places, people and issues, working with smart, motivated team mates.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure almost all the time. Easy to loose sight of the big picture purpose when you are caught up in the daily bureaucratic details.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Foreign Service

    Nov 2, 2022 - Project Management Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Multiple opportunities U.S. wide and the foreign field.

    Cons

    Some opportunities in the foreign field are unaccompanied.

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Interesting Work but Lacking in Opportunities to Advance

    Oct 25, 2022 - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great opportunities to travel and work on important issues. Good benefits in terms of vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Supervisors are often appointed based on time in service, not on ability or management skills. There is a lack of innovation. Many embrace the adage, "because that's how we've always done it."

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Never dull

    Oct 31, 2022 - FSO 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, frequently changing assignments.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hard to do big things.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Foreign Service Officer

    Oct 9, 2022 - US Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Move around the world, interesting work

    Cons

    Unstable and uneven education for children while working overseas, low pay compared to tech when compared to tech jobs with equal amount of responsibilities, up or out system that pushes you out as you are forced to climb higher and there are fewer job opportunities

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U.S. Department of State has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 2,165 reviews left anonymously by employees. 81% of employees would recommend working at U.S. Department of State to a friend and 67% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, U.S. Department of State employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at U.S. Department of State. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

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