US Department of State
3.9 of 5 285 reviews
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US Department of State Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.9 285 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry

(67 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "I worked at the Foreign Service Institute, where they train diplomats"
    in 20 reviews
  • "See the world, protect the best brand in the world - the US"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Foreign Service officers are then central employee core and taken care of"
    in 26 reviews
  • "The biggest challenge is that every two years, there is a rotation of mid-level Foreign Service Officers who arrive with "attitude""
    in 15 reviews
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Great outfit

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsTravel is exciting, interesting and frequent.

ConsAt times, travel can be a bit much.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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Great Place to Work if looking for a job with good security

Passport Specialist (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at US Department of State full-time for less than a year

ProsNo weekends, work with true professionals. Set working hours.

ConsYou really do not get a chance to get to know com workers. Everyone is expected to do their job without interruption. You must have exceptional attention do detail to do this job and the ability to apply applicable laws in approving passport applications.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at US Department of State as an intern for less than a year

ProsOverall experience working as an intern in political affairs was excellent. The chance to interact with major figures in foreign affairs, as well as to acquire experience in the diplomatic channels of the U.S. government was second to none.

ConsThe experience that interns have at State is heavily dependent on which office or post they are assigned.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe application system for interns should be separated by the education level. Currently, all applications are pooled into one, meaning that more experienced/educated applicants are competing against those in college or even younger. Given the rise in applications by older and more educated applicants, the system is becoming increasingly unfair. Also, management should make greater efforts to create a uniform intern experience throughout State instead of leaving it up to the willingness of individual offices to give interns meaningful work to complete.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An exciting place to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsYou work with brillant people who have the most amazing experiences around the world and have shaped world politics

ConsIt's difficult to move around

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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High competitive with daily challenging tasks

Prepress Supervisor (Former Employee)
Cairo (Egypt)

I worked at US Department of State full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTo be work in a reputable company in world wide inveroment

ConsWorld wide clients who are requiring a creative and new work techniques

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mixed Internship

Political Section Summer Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at US Department of State as an intern for less than a year

ProsInternship experience differs from office to office. The best case is if the office has substantive work to do, with fewer regular FSO's available. In that case, summer interns often fill in for actual FSO work, though it is closely supervised.

ConsSummer interns may also have to do some office admin work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Opportunity

Coordinator (Former Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I worked at US Department of State full-time for less than a year

ProsWonderful, knowledgeable staff that are truly dedicated. Get to know them as they are often masters in their subject areas. Also, a great cafeteria and opportunities to travel.

ConsLONG hours, sometimes into the morning. Make sure to check your work/life balance and ensure that you are taking some time for yourself. Also, the HR system is very confusing and there is a lack of understanding as to what items go to whom, and the job training is sparse. Need to be a self-starter for this role.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to streamline HR, too confusing of the hierarchy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Department of State

ProsPeople who are amazingly dedicated to the country and the their mission.

ConsPoor career trajectory for non-FSOs or non-PMFs.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake a plan to retain talented civil servants.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe Department of State is not just a job but a career. The benefits are great as well. I love working here.

ConsThis is not just a job but a lifestyle. You have to be able to juggle work and family life which can sometimes be difficult. Especially when living overseas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than a year

ProsThe foreign travel is excellent

ConsThe bureaucracy can be stifling.

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