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U.S. Department of State Employee Reviews about "opportunity to travel"

Updated Nov 17, 2019

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  1. "Deputy Assistant Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- premier foreign policy department in the US government -- even desk officers can have big input in policymaking, esp in regional bureaus -- opportunity to travel overseas

    Cons

    -- Very bureaucratic -- managerial skills sometimes are lacking -- very good benefits

    U.S. Department of State2016-03-04
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    "one of the best careers in international development"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO travel the world

    Cons

    poor management. You really have smooze with your supervisors to get promoted. Lots of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    nothing will ever change

    U.S. Department of State2019-10-04
  3. "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
  4. "Arabic Interpreter"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    Good salary, travel opportunities, no routines.

    Cons

    Inconsistent assignments. Difficult work life balance.

    U.S. Department of State2018-11-09
  5. "Foreign Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Excellent travel opportunities, diverse work environment and decent pay for a government position.

    Cons

    Consistently moving every two to three years. Ambiguity in assignment process.

    U.S. Department of State2018-09-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Government service is Service"

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    Former Employee - Senior Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remarkable mission, amazing people, unparalleled travel opportunities, immensely satisfying professional challenges.

    Cons

    Frequent family separations, most of America has no idea how important the foreign service is to our national security.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the Department like it is a national security organization, not a business. Accountability is important but there is no quantifiable ROI when you are talking about the lives of our fellow citizens.

    U.S. Department of State2018-03-18
  7. "Contracting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently, professional, intelligent and creative coworkers, flexible schedules, CWS and telework opportunities, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of honest communication from management, currently going through hiring freeze and RIF

    U.S. Department of State2017-12-07
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    "More than Just a Career"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Foreign Service life gives you the amazing opportunity to live abroad while performing a valuable public service. In addition to broadening your horizons and exposing yourself to new languages, cultures, and surroundings, you get to do substantive work that advances U.S. interests and strengthens bilateral relations between the United States and your host country. The travel opportunities are endless and many of my contacts and colleagues have become lifelong friends.

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    Cons

    The bureaucracy is abysmal and it seems like you are always fighting some battle against the Department. With a world of emerging technologies available to us, sometimes it feels like we are stuck in the past when it comes to arranging transfers from post to post. The Foreign Service does not value diversity of opinion as much as it says and if you do not neatly fit into one of the standard categories of diplomats, you will have a hard time.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and erase the phrase "that's the way it has always been" from your repertoire. Fix the broken HR system from hiring to advancement to retirement. Taxpayers spend a huge amount of money on our training and transportation, so it is a disservice that we do not invest as much in professional, management, and leadership development as the military.

    U.S. Department of State2017-07-06
  9. "Diplomat"

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    I have been working at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    Wonderful people; great benefits; amazing travel opportunities

    Cons

    Red tape; outdated bureaucracy; unclear promotion system

    U.S. Department of State2017-03-23
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with a great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to travel and the mission to help people around the world.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and that can get in the way of doing things efficiently. Employees tend to be very hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the work life balance os employees

    U.S. Department of State2017-02-07
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