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Updated January 15, 2018
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US Department of State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
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  • work/life balance; very formal culture (in 31 reviews)

  • Craking the foreign service exam (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "civil service management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Extraordinary place to work and learn.

    Cons

    Some civil service managers routinely engage in unprofessional conduct.

    Advice to Management

    Mandatory training on lawful and unlawful management techniques.


  2. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel, benefits, housing overseas, exciting work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's a lifestyle, not a job"

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    Current Employee - Security Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International travel, free housing overseas, Service to your country

    Cons

    International Travel (lots and lots of travel for some specialties), frequent moving (every 2 years)


  4. "A great place to intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    1. Interesting work
    2. Prestige
    3. A stepping stone to full employment at state or elsewhere

    Cons

    The security clearance process is terrible and may take too long for you to even start the internship.

    Advice to Management

    Start the security clearances sooner


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Organization in Paralysis"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented and dedicated employees, possibilities for challenging and rewarding assignments. In the rpresent environment probably better to be overseas than in DC. Good work/life policies, telecommuting flexibility

    Cons

    Under the present administration , a lack of purpose, focus, and confused priorities and objectives. Poor IT, duplicative processes, cumbersome decision making processes.

    Advice to Management

    Redesign may be a worthwhile objective but we can't have the entire department in a holding pattern while you figure out what to do.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good overall but negatively impacted by current policies."

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    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with super smart people and having an impact on foreign policy decisions. I have traveled all over the world during my time here, including to places where logistically it would be almost impossible to go safely as a tourist.

    Cons

    It's been a good experience overall during my 14 years at State, but currently the climate is depressing. Hopefully it will get better once the hiring freeze for the civil service ends, which supposedly will happen in January. We're also adversely affected by the cuts to our budget. How can we effectively engage with our foreign partners when there is no funding for travel?

    Advice to Management

    Listen and value your career staff. They want to make you (and the country) successful. We're all in this together.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "maintenance engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    training and job security are the pris

    Cons

    cons are low salary and lack avancement

  8. "Excelente"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excelent for carrer advancement

    Cons

    I found no cons at the job

    Advice to Management

    Yes


  9. Helpful (1)

    "FSO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lifestyle, travel, training (foreign languages)

    Cons

    Lack of purpose under current administration


  10. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US 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.


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