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US Department of State Washington Reviews

Updated December 5, 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 30 reviews)

  • You have to move every two years as part of the foreign service (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Budget Analyst"

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

    I have been working at US Department of State as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers help morale in most offices

    Cons

    Leadership is struggling right now and offices are over burdened.


  2. "Great Career"

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

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

    Pros

    See the world while having a secure and fascinating job, a healthy salary, great healthcare, free housing while posted abroad or in long-term training (doing an assignment in D.C. does not carry free housing).

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and separation from friends and family for long stretches of time

  3. "Special Agent positions with DoS"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation in comparison to other federal agent positions, extensive travel, management experience, excellent family benefits when living abroad, rewarding work

    Cons

    Often dangerous work with long and uncompensated hours due to congressional salary caps for employees. Plunging morale amongst employees due to Tillerson leadership decisions on HR issues.


  4. "Travel the world"

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    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - FSO in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great career if you like to travel the world and learn about US policy and foreign governments.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be away from home and for slow promotions if overseas.


  5. "Summer Inter"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities.
    Good opportunities to learn new skills, especially those required within the different bureaus.
    Great experience learning the ins and outs of DOS and bureaucracy as a whole.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the hiring freeze means that most offers are through a contractor. So while you may be offered a position, it’s not as a fed.


  6. "Senior Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Always interesting and challenging, particularly overseas

    Cons

    Maybe subject to the political winds.


  7. "Senior Policy Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immediate impact. Work with purpose. Naturally driven high achievers.

    Cons

    Part of a bureaucracy, with all its pros and cons.

    Advice to Management

    Put people first.

  8. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Internship in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in a diplomatic, international, and connecting organization in a time when solidarity is needed most, an exciting workplace with incredible opportunities to be challenged, to learn, and to grow, and to think outside your world and be shown the bigger picture, working alongside motivated professionals dedicated to solving the world's greatest problems and building connections between peoples

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, serious gaps in management contributing to low morale, current administration trying implementing changes without understanding consequences


  9. "Good place to work but mgmt should give more opportunities for advancement and learning"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with extremely bright and motivated individuals
    Can be flexible
    Challenging and exciting work environment

    Cons

    Difficult to advance from GS-12 to GS-13
    It can be too formal and extremely competitive

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage your employees and give them a chance to go on detail to explore and learn from other bureaus after they have been at the Department for a while. Certain offices at State didn't allow this.


  10. "VSFS E-Internship Opportunity"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to jump into the foreign service /diplomacy field while still an undergrad and DURING the school year from the comfort of your laptop

    Cons

    I'm not sure how much substantive work the internship has consisted of so far.


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