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U.S. Department of State Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Nov 13, 2019

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U.S. Department of State Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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  • "Student program interns are unpaid, but the children of foreign service officers that work in the same roles are paid(in 68 reviews)

  • "work/life balance is sometimes difficult(in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Got to work overseas in US Embassies and live in foreign countries. Great job security and work life balance.

    Cons

    Towards the end of every assignment you had to politic and jockey for a new assignment if you didn't want to end up in Iraq.

    Advice to Management

    Like any government job , there was an even mix of great and terrible managers. If you had a great manager, it was a great assignment.

    U.S. Department of State2017-12-05
  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst 

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Shutdowns happen and they can be annoying

    U.S. Department of State2019-08-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but little fulfillment."

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer 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 a year

    Pros

    It's amazing to live abroad. The benefits of the job are also excellent.

    Cons

    Depending on the position, the work/life balance is not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better.

    U.S. Department of State2019-09-08
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Work life-balance, strong commitment to State Department's mission, and ability to move around laterally to experience different assignments

    Cons

    Low morale, Foreign Service v Civil Service divide, lack of innovation

    U.S. Department of State2018-12-17
  7. "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
  8. "Passport Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Passport Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work at times; great benefits; decent pay; fair work-life balance; there is a lot of room for personal development and, although Passport Services is a pretty terrible place to work, there are great opportunities elsewhere within DOS.

    Cons

    Boring, mundane work most times; lack of universal standards among supervisors and agencies; subjective auditing process that can jeopardize a good employee's career and makes employees fearful of helping the customer; HR is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the current auditing process to make charged errors more relative to the integrity of the process and not merely ways to keep employees down. Work harder on creating universal guidance instead of confusing local policies that can be clunky, unnecessary, and oftentimes restricting.

    U.S. Department of State2018-09-13
  9. "Desk Officer for Tanzania"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall I enjoyed working there. You truly get an inside look at how Washington works and how it implements foreign policy.

    Cons

    Having a work/life balance is a major challenge.

    U.S. Department of State2018-05-21
  10. "Supervisory Passport Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Passport Specialist 
    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

    Stable job. Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Little to none developmental opportunities outside of DC. Department touts the opportunities, but agencies refuse to allow their employees to go partially due to low staffing levels caused by hiring freeze.

    U.S. Department of State2018-05-14
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