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US Department of State Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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US Department of State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
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  • work/life balance; very formal culture (in 29 reviews)

  • You have to move every two years as part of the foreign service (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "UX Design Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern

    Pros

    - Really supportive PMs
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Obviously the gov't is really slow going


  2. "FSO"

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

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Exciting work helping determine and implement U.S. foreign policy

    Cons

    The lifestyle of living overseas is exciting, but it can be hard spending so much time away from family and friends.

  3. "Foreign Policy Career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working on substantive global foreign policy issues

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement or lateral moves within the department


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Current Leadership Needs to Lead"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for travel, great working level people who are mission focused, prestige.

    Cons

    Current leadership since January 2017 has really put the place in the dumps. Senior leadership seems aloof and does not engage lower staff for advice.

    Advice to Management

    Fill out your team and lead the Department.


  5. "FSO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to serve my country.
    I get to travel the world and see interesting places and work with interesting people every two-three years.

    Cons

    Constantly moving.
    A lot of Type A people

    Advice to Management

    DC management is in flux at the moment.


  6. "FSO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Lifestyle is great, travel is fun

    Cons

    Downgrade in pay for most, bureaucracy is oppressive


  7. "Good lifestyle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good support while overseas, paid housing and private schools.

    Cons

    Poor opportunities for spouses to work.

    Advice to Management

    Improve spousal employment opportunities

  8. "Great Federal Government Employer"

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    Former Employee - Investigative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Investigative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, driven colleagues. Fascinating work.

    Cons

    Still a part of the federal bureaucracy. Current Sec of State not committed to diplomacy or the ideals of the department.


  9. "Great but initially overwhelming"

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    Current Intern - Student Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Student Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth, learning and mentorship. Amazingly talented staff and exciting work.

    Cons

    Confusing building, bureaucracy, and HR can be a pain to deal with. However, the new administration has struggled to get its bearings.


  10. "Foreign Service Officer"

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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

    Job security, overseas travel, language training, emergency travel benefits, pension = 1.7% of salary for first 20 years of employment, 1% after that.

    Cons

    Constant movement means you're never an expert for long, relocation tough on the friends and family, promotions not directly linked to performance, assignments selection process opaque and sometimes unfair, unconscious bias is tolerated and and institutional structures make it difficult for women and minorities to advance to senior positions. Most departments have a long wall of photos of previous Assistant Secretaries; about 90 percent have been white males.

    Advice to Management

    Revise performance evaluation process to remove reference to name or gender; require yearly training on unconscious bias, provide greater support for non-traditional families and employees married to immigrants.


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