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US Department of State Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.8 311 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

US Department of State Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry

(77 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • See the world while serving your country (in 12 reviews)

  • I worked at the Foreign Service Institute, where they train diplomats (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Foreign Service officers are then central employee core and taken care of (in 27 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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    Community Liaison Office Coordinator (Former Employee) Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    ProsLiving and working overseas is great! The kids attended excellent international schools and we had the opportunity to explore the world. Full time family member employment came with full benefits, including vacation, sick leave, etc.

    ConsAs a trailing spouse, every time your spouse transfers you need to find a new job. When you get to a new post, there may be many opportunities or none. You may have to wait up to a year for someone to leave post so that you can apply for a job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for family member employment at each post. Regular part-time jobs with benefits during school hours would be especially appreciated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience, exciting environment.

    Public Affairs Intern (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsIt was a very stimulating environment to work. There were lots of opportunities for interns to visit important places and hear important people. I was able to attend live press briefings at both the White House and the State Dept. Great exposure to the world of International Affairs. Everyone in my office was so friendly and welcoming, and I was given lots of responsibility.

    ConsThe application is drawn out because of the security clearance, but definitely worth it.

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    Had a very intensive and progressive experience, while working with US State Department for the last 16 years

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

    ProsGreat team of local employees and very friendly job environment

    ConsPretty much low salary for the senior staff positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to reward your staff more often for all their job done, especially during the salary freeze

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Passport Specialist, I adjudicate applications for processing passports

    Passport Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsSomething different everyday. It is definitely a challenge everyday.

    ConsKeeping Focused on everything you do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more Patience with employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Former Foreign Service Officer (Generalist)

    Foreign Service Officer (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsExcellent training, benefits and opportunity to contribute at senior levels when serving overseas in smaller nations. Especially enjoyed working in the Africa Bureau, where the Department has a lot of autonomy in conducting US foreign policy

    ConsThe promotion system, like the military, is stultified and seniority based. On the occasions I had to work with political appointees, I found them difficult and generally unqualified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience living overseas

    Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsExperience different cultures and countries. See the world while serving your country.

    ConsThird world locations, tough living conditions.

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    Consistently one of the Best places to work in the Federal Government

    Special Agent (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsWorldwide Travel with limitless career development. An adventure at every post, but the life you can create for yourself is completely unique.

    ConsTime away from family on certain assignments. Large bureaucracy, so there are issues that are consistent with those institutions. Flexibility is a must in this organization because of the fluid nature of international politics and diplomacy. That said...you will be at the forefront of history in many situations.

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

    1 person found this helpful  

    Embassy Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree housing, manageable hours, good mentors

    Consnone that I can think of

    1 person found this helpful  

    intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosconstant evaluation allowed me to improve all the time

    Conssome time the constant evaluation can be intimidating

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    Great Opportunities

    LES Supervisor (Former Employee) Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

    ProsGreat work environment, good compensation, opportunities for promotion. Great chance to experience new cultures and learn new languages.

    ConsManagement changes constantly, which can mean a change of direction every couple of years. Living abroad experience won't always be pleasant, depending on the country.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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