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US Department of State Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Pros
  • The management i very flexible and understanding for work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • You get opportunities to see the world, to be involved in policy decisions, and occasionally to work on high-profile issues with high-level people (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance; very formal culture (in 33 reviews)

  • Frequent family separations, most of America has no idea how important the foreign service is to our national security (in 61 reviews)

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  1. "Ambassador"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to make a difference in the world. The State Department will challenge you to get there and engage on the most difficult issues of our time. It rewards you by giving you a chance to influence the course of events in the world.

    Cons

    The down side of the Foreign Service is that it can be very hard on family life. Many are often assigned to remote locations without family and living can be tough. The American population generally only poorly understands the role of a diplomat.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to unleash Foreign Service Officers on the American public. Explaining our story better will help the United States carry out foreign policy initiatives and development assistance programming in the world. That in turn will help expand the influence the United States has in many quarters.


  2. "Deputy Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven organization with consequential work

    Cons

    The organization can be slow to change.

  3. "Desk Officer for Tanzania"

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

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (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.


  4. "Senior Multilateral Affairs Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Multilateral Affairs Advisor
    Current Employee - Senior Multilateral Affairs Advisor

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

    Pros

    smart colleagues, fast paced environment, supportive supervisor, challenging work

    Cons

    pay, limited upward mobility, commute


  5. "Solid Choice for International Affairs Professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced/challenging work environment. Generous benefits (including paid housing while overseas), Extensive travel, paid to learn languages. Tenure system provides long-term employment stability.

    Cons

    Need to improve diversity recruitment and retention. Organizational structure (hierarchical, bureaucratic) can make it difficult to implement innovative ideas and programs.


  6. "US Department of State Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    fulfilling work and great responsibility

    Cons

    a lot of government bureaucracy, slow-moving, a lot of edits

    Advice to Management

    supervise lower-tier staff better


  7. "Supervisory Passport Specialist"

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

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (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.

  8. "Foreign Service- a job like no other"

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

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

    Pros

    Travel, making a difference, amazing experiences, variety of work

    Cons

    Isolation, hassles of travelling, unsafe locations


  9. "Foreign Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Live overseas, government benefits, secure job, interesting subject matter

    Cons

    Slow promotion, stifling bureaucracy, lack of concrete results

    Advice to Management

    Make the changes everyone know needs to be done


  10. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible/family friendly/ nice managers/let you do your own projects

    Cons

    no cafeteria/no gym/no proper parking


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