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US Department of State Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • work/life balance; very formal culture (in 25 reviews)

  • Very few promotion opportunities for civil servants; still dominated by the foreign service (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Intern at Department of State"

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience for university students

    Cons

    There is no pipeline to full time position after


  2. "GSO/ Housing Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Housing Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Deputy Housing Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    to get much experiences for diplomatic fields

    Cons

    Excellent No thing bad i can say i would like to come back work there


  3. "Interior Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Design in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Interior Design in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and fun international projects. Great compensation package too.

    Cons

    Lack of Management support for their team.

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind and support the decisions of your employees


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  5. "Civil servant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, talented colleagues, unique mission, travel

    Cons

    Long hours, bureaucracy, long distance travel and jet lag


  6. "Training Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    You get to work in a diverse setting surrounded by those that really care about international relations.

    Cons

    you must leave to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Don't single out contractors


  7. "Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Morale is high, opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Bureaucrats stifle or slow down policy

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for junior staff


  8. "Interesting and Important Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work centers on issues that influence national security and the current and future well-being of the American people. Opportunities to learn languages and live overseas while representing the U.S. Great, hardworking colleagues.

    Cons

    Must be able to accept hierarchy, advocating views not necessarily your own. Salaries are low for the qualifications and demands of the work. Conditions can be difficult or dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work hard for your troops, despite sometimes draconian and illogical constraints.


  9. "Great start in foreign assistance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced high priority office with a good group of well experiences colleagues. Management actively encourages and supports career development.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility. Majority of personnel are over 40 and have waited decades for a promotion. High turnover to external civilian work or other agencies and departments with USG.

    Advice to Management

    SUpport contractor transition to FTE after established service


  10. "Foreign Service Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in No Potomac, MD
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in No Potomac, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    All good. you know that your contribution, no matter what your actual position is, plays a part in keeping the Homeland safe.

    Cons

    It not the life style for someone that want be physically close to their parents, sibling and childhood friends.

    Advice to Management

    All good.


  11. "General Services Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Services Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - General Services Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none for me..but thats my opinion

    Cons

    job sucks..you are always taking care of everyone else

    Advice to Management

    you are compared to other persons that come form a golden guild, they dont tell you in your face but with very special wording knife you in the back


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