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US International Trade Administration Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn Int'l business"

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

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    About as close to being in private industry as you can get while working for the Government. Better than any MBA school in terms of learnung international business.

    Cons

    It's still has Government issues, and the closer you get to DC (meaning the more senior you get), the worse it is. The best bet is to do 3-5 years, than go back to private industry.


  2. "Program Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US International Trade Administration full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, interesting people.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, difficult to change anything.

  3. "Great Mission and People but Weak Organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US International Trade Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * great mission advancing U.S. exports overseas
    * great people overall

    Cons

    * very weak leadership particularly in the Foreign Commercial Service
    * lack of accountability in management with FCS officer corps

    Advice to Management

    * place greater reliance on career senior executives to administer corporate headquarters and enterprise operations rather than FCS officers who lack the desire or skill set to lead from DC; these foreign service officers prefer to, and should, remain overseas where their skills can continue to advance the trade policy and promotion agenda of the US government.


  4. "Intern"

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

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Interesting mission
    Autonomy at work

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Red tape
    Technological issues


  5. "interning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    flexible, great people, great opportunity

    Cons

    a lot of busy work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    na


  6. "Smaller Agency Easier to Change Course"

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

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small Size, Amenicable to changing business models, Supportive of well justified change, Not prone to half measures, Dedicated and passionate staff.

    Cons

    Budget insufficiently matched to mission, Heroics the norm. Top heavy. Not enough worker bees and career paths. No Pathways intern program or developmental GS-5/7/9.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at strategically matching budget to mission Prioritize all mission programs. Stop doing things at the bottom. Inform congress when a program is not sufficiently funded to operate at minimum levels. There can be no unfunded mandates when there is no base funding.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good direct supervisor is key; few exit options"

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    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was given a great deal of responsibility for high-level projects and issues.
    Very flexible schedule including telecommuting one day per week and flexible hours to avoid rush hour traffic.
    I was lucky to have supportive supervisors all the way up the chain of command in earlier years.

    Cons

    There are very few attractive exit opportunities - mostly to trade associations.
    Morale is low in recent years as senior management has been less dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find ways to let employees expand their skills.

  8. "Review"

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

    Pros

    -Good international work
    -Work life balance

    Cons

    -Salary
    -Hierarchy
    -Human Resources is a huge pain
    -Tech/admin is not very good

    Advice to Management

    Make it a priority to challenge your employees with meaningful work


  9. "International Trade Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall, it is a good organization for which to work

    Cons

    Progress is slow in the government. Don't expect anything to be completed quickly.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management


  10. "Do Not Work Here If You Are Not FS"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US International Trade Administration (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The grades are higher than some agencies. Flexibility is available if you are in HR Operations or Performance Management.

    Cons

    The Human Capital Department needs help! The equipment is old, no support, and no structure. There is nothing in place for historical knowledge. No one can provide guidance, and be careful of the unethical practices. There is one particular Director there that will want you to engage in it.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to recruit the best candidates, mainly from State Dept, Usaid, etc., you will need to operate that office as such an embrace work life balance, knowledge sharing, and respect.


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