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US Department of State Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • work/life balance; very formal culture (in 30 reviews)

  • You have to move every two years as part of the foreign service (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Security Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Security Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Security Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Living overseas and frequent global travel provided a better understanding of our place in the world and the international policies of the U.S. government.

    Cons

    The numerous levels of departmental and inter-agency bureaucracy were difficult to navigate to accomplish personal, professional, and mission goals.

    Advice to Management

    Wide-open and frequent communications alleviates personnel's frustrations and clarifies common interests in mission progressions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "State Department"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is fascinating, challenging, and important. You feel you are really contributing to our national interests !

    Cons

    It can sometimes be frustrating to try to achieve goals within a large lumbering bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Senior political leaders should trust and follow the advice of the experienced career State Dept employees

  3. "AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow"

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    Former Employee - AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Up-close view of US foreign policy in action

    Cons

    Bureaucratic "process" is an energy suck


  4. "Challenging time in international diplomacy"

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

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

    Pros

    Significant rewarding opportunities to represent the United States internationally

    Cons

    Current low morale due to Administration positions


  5. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Great benefits and EEO

    Cons

    No cons at all, its a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    You are doing great job, keep it up


  6. "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Deep sense of satisfaction serving our nation and the Foreign Service. World wide assignments and opportunities to engage challenges to our nation's security are exciting. Opportunities to travel and live among diverse cultures and represent our country's ideals.

    Cons

    Time away from family and instability of family life. Lack of appreciation by those we are protecting and the nation's leadership of the complexities and hazards of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Try to better understand the organization before making sweeping changes. Communicate fully.


  7. "Being part os sonething bigger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Italy, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Italy, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the word's most important countrys and supporting its partnerships amd build on shared interests with the world, being part of a highly ethical, meritocratic and results-oriented organization, bringing positive change to the world.

    Cons

    Still, it's diplomacy. You are always representing the US, even outside work.

  8. "great job for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Regional English Language Officer
    Current Employee - Regional English Language Officer

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. interesting, fulfilling work.

    Cons

    limited freedom in personal life. moving every 2 to 3 yeas. very poor work life balance


  9. "Your experience may vary"

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

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Travel the world, make a difference

    Cons

    Not all locations are so nice, good bosses leave


  10. "Office Management Specialist DOS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Positive daily work environment

    Cons

    Dealing with the bureaucracy
    Difficult to raise up in the hierarchy


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