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US Department of State Reviews

Updated 21 February 2017
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US Department of State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
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  • Work-Life balance not a priority (in 23 reviews)

  • Foreign Service Officers are the worst because they are never in a place long enough to do anything (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Good Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    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.


  2. "Intern - Bureau of Human Rights, Labour, and Democracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A look inside a bureacracy"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


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  5. "Intern with the Department of State."

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

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (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.


  6. "Good company"

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

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    constant evaluation allowed me to improve all the time

    Cons

    some time the constant evaluation can be intimidating


  8. "London Embassy internship"

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

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    A more formal, structured intern program would help the interns feel better connected to and more engaged in the embassy's work.


  9. "Great experience, good benefits, hard work"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility with part-time or leave without pay after people become parents would probably help with employee retention.


  10. "Passport Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Passport Clerk in London, England
    Former Employee - Passport Clerk in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Pay is rather well provided it was an easy job.
    -Great group of fellow co-workers and the environment was wonderful.

    Cons

    -Difficult to get hired provided weak UK economy and 100s of applications per job posted.
    -Even with a Bachelors degree it was difficult to get this position that requires only a high school diploma.
    -Security Clearance is a bit of a pain due to length of process.


  11. "Passport Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job Security, Environment, Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Not many cons. Can be a bit repetitive.



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