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U.S. Department of State Reviews

Updated 19 Aug 2019

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U.S. Department of State CEO Mike Pompeo
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Pros
  • "People across all levels of the Foreign Service were open to meeting with interns and discussing life in the(in 58 reviews)

  • "Good introduction to Federal government, especially foreign policy work environment(in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • "The down side of the Foreign Service is that it can be very hard on family life(in 65 reviews)

  • "Having a work/life balance is a major challenge(in 36 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 The computer systems are very outdated and need a lot if IT help.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. "Best experience one can ask for"

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    Former Employee - Office of Public Affairs in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Hand of experience into politics

    Cons

    Craking the foreign service exam

    U.S. Department of State2017-06-16
  4. "Would Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work with great people who have loads of perspectives

    Cons

    some people take to great of advantage of the system

    U.S. Department of State2016-04-14
  5. "Good Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more organized internship program with some real training.

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    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
  7. Helpful (3)

    "A look inside a bureacracy"

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    Current Employee - 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.

    Advice to Management

    Not worth the time. They never learn.

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

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    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...

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    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
  9. "Good Summer Internship"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of State for less than a year

    Pros

    Ability to work on a diverse array of interesting projects and interact with high level government officials in the country to which you are posted.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy within the State Department and this can be see in there slow adoption of technology. Some of the technology systems are built in house and are flat out terrible to work with.

    U.S. Department of State2014-10-30
  10. "Good company"

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

    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
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