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U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated 20 Mar 2020

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U.S. Department of State Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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  • "Student program interns are unpaid, but the children of foreign service officers that work in the same roles are paid(in 68 reviews)

  • "work/life balance is sometimes difficult(in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent working environment."

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    Former Employee - Passport and Citizenship Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in London was amazing. The Passport Unit is a very fast paced environment but very exciting. The management was very receptive to ideas and comments. I would recommend working here.

    Cons

    A lot of goverment rules slow down progress to fix issues. The computer systems are very outdated and need a lot if IT help.

    U.S. Department of State2018-05-20
  2. "Financial Management Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time

    Pros

    Treat there employee with respect.

    Cons

    Systems are old and need to catch up with private sector

    U.S. Department of State2017-10-27
  3. "Good Opportunity"

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    I worked at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    Namebrand internship, gets a security clearance

    Cons

    Often disorganized, each bureau is left to its own devices to use its interns.

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    U.S. Department of State2015-07-16
  4. "Intern - Bureau of Human Rights, Labour, and Democracy"

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    I worked at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    Great people to work with - everyone was engaged, intelligent, and internationally oriented.

    Cons

    That it lasted only two and a half months as an internship! It was also unpaid.

    U.S. Department of State2015-03-23
  5. Helpful (3)

    "A look inside a bureacracy"

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    IT Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    Living overseas for most of ones career is fun, but it gets old over the years.

    Cons

    Management and leadership of the State Department is arrogant, pompous, smarmy, entitled, and mostly anti-american.

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    U.S. Department of State2015-04-01
  6. "Intern with the Department of State."

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was extremely happy with my decision to intern for the Department of State while studying abroad. It was an invaluable experience and I learned a tremendous amount. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge in diplomacy and to be treated like an FSO while working for the embassy in order to truly grasp what it means to be a diplomat. FSO's get to travel the world and have immense policy influence in times and places of crisis.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor. You move every two years or so which can be difficult on relationships and family. The bureaucracy of the State Department can become very frustrating. Long hours of work and you're always on call.

    U.S. Department of State2014-12-17
  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not too bad to work for, fairly good training opportunities and pay is okay. Best thing is the colleagues , many of which have worked for years with each other.

    Cons

    Not very good with other benefits such as flexi working , seem to be behind the times. Management changes every few years which can be challenging

    U.S. Department of State2014-08-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "intern"

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    I worked at U.S. Department of State

    Pros

    constant evaluation allowed me to improve all the time

    Cons

    some time the constant evaluation can be intimidating

    U.S. Department of State2014-06-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "London Embassy internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The city is, of course, extraordinary and the people working at the embassy are an impressive group city. Most FSOs have come from hardship areas and are treasure troves of information about various parts of the world. Because of the embassy's size there are many different agencies represented in the building, which provides a good opportunity to speak with people carrying out a variety of missions for the US Government. Also, the embassy and the UK's central position in US European policy means that a lot is happening around the embassy at any given time.

    Cons

    The mission's size is as much a detriment as it is a benefit. FSOs don't have the time to brainstorm for projects and didn't seem too compelled to bring the interns into their work unless the interns made a push to be involved. This is most frustrating for interns who don't have well-defined interests or a specific topic or region they would like to focus on during their tenure. Also, the internship is unpaid, without housing or transportation stipends of any sort.

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    U.S. Department of State2013-10-31
  10. "Great experience, good benefits, hard work"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer 
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at U.S. Department of State full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to really be at the front lines of diplomacy. The job of a foreign service officer is very well respected and the benefits are great (free housing, home leave, medical care). Plus, you get to see the world.

    Cons

    Moving every few years can become wearing. The Dept. of State is very much USG and as such there is a high level of bureaucracy to navigate.

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    U.S. Department of State2013-06-03
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