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Updated February 26, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance not a priority (in 23 reviews)

  • Foreign Service Officers are the worst because they are never in a place long enough to do anything (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the office atmosphere and fellow colleagues.

    Cons

    It is a little slow of a start in order to fully understand how the U.S. Department of State functions given its large size.


  2. "Foreign Service Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Security Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was passionate about public service and wanted to represent the U.S. around the world. As a Foreign Service Specialist with the specialty of ‘Security Technical Specialist I was presented with a challenging and rewarding career. I had the opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.
    The work I’ve done has had an impact on the world. I was asked to serve at one of any of the more than 270 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in The Americas, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Some of these posts are in difficult and even dangerous environments, but working in them affords great challenges and rewards.

    Cons

    When assigned to what is considered 'hardship post' one has to adjust to limited interacting with local populations because of security concerns. Small sacrifice to pay when you are compensated with hazard pay and COLA (Cost of Living Adjustments.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue your diversity program that allows the workforce of the Department of State reflect the rich composition of its citizenry. . The skills, knowledge, perspectives, ideas, and experiences of all of its employees contribute to the vitality and success of the global mission.

    Continue with your commitment with inclusion that must be evident in the face we present to the world and in the decision-making processes that represent our diplomatic goals. The keys to leading a diverse workforce successfully are commitment and persistence. Delivering strong and effective action requires every employee's commitment to equal employment opportunity principles.


  3. "Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful group of people, and great experience in public policy.

    Cons

    I was an unpaid intern.


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  5. "Attorney Adviser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney Adviser in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney Adviser in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Unique, interesting work
    - Strong, peer attorney advisers

    Cons

    - Clients are not consistently high quality


  6. "Intern at Department of State"

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    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


  7. "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just about everything was a learning experience for me and I got real world experience working on high level projects

    Cons

    unpaid, but doing similar work to paid employees

    Advice to Management

    pay the interns!!!!!!!


  8. "GSO/ Housing Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  9. "Interior Designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. "Civil servant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  11. "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



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