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U.S. Department of State Employer Reviews

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Overall a good experience
TESTER & EXAMINER (CONTRACTOR) (Current Employee), Washington DCJanuary 29, 2015
Pros: good work-life balance
Cons: too hierarchical
Evaluate FSI students language command in regards to job requirements and duties. Rate students ability to comprehend and speak in foreign languages. A typical day at work starts at 07:30 and finishes at 04:15. I give 2 exams a day and prepare materials for the following day in the afternoon.
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Can be a satisfying place to work.
Project Controls Engineer (Former Employee), Arlington, VAJanuary 28, 2015
Pros: friendships
Cons: clock in - clock out time sheet
Typical day - 0730 to 1830 or later; work overload
Learned - lots of bright, energetic people; lots of available training that is rarely used directly in one's job; little direct training in your current job; lots of critics; some helpful mentors; wheels of the USG turn slowly; newcomers love to "reinvent the wheel."
Management - Few good managers but many who are learning as they go; many weak or untrained managers.
Co-workers - many likeable and well educated workers; very few lazy bums; many caring individuals who are supportive
Hardest part of job - staying organized
Most enjoyable part of job - each new morning and each new challenge
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productive and chanlenge
Senior Lead Database Engineer (Contractor) (Former Employee), Arlington VAJanuary 26, 2015
It's a good place to work with overall.
The project was mission-critical, the environment is professional, and the team is great.
the hardest part is commute.but the telework was big plus
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Productive environment with ample opportunity for growth
Intelligence Analyst Intern (Former Employee), Denver, COJanuary 13, 2015
Phenomenal work environment with ample opportunities for growth.
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Very professional, organized and flexible
Assistant (Former Employee), U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicJanuary 12, 2015
Pros: intercultural experience meeting foreign service officers and foreign service nationals, certain autonomy, learn about international development and foreign affairs, creativity is recognized and prized
Cons: depending on the office/unit and unit chiefs or ambassador, politics and structures within can be very challenging, civil service employees are generally considered less important than foreign service, limited resources
Worked for the U.S State Department as a Foreign Service National for over 7 years.
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Challenging, dynamic and fulfilling work within an international public health leading USG agency
COUNTRY LEAD (Current Employee), Washington, DCDecember 3, 2014
Pros: travel and observed federal holidays
Cons: short fuse tasks and abundance of daily meetings, deadlines and duties.
No two days are the same. Daily tasks include triaging requests for information, trouble shooting a myriad of programmatic and financial issues, procuring technical assistance and daily interaction with on the ground team as well as various interagency senior management.

Great environment for learning about USG's foreign policy as it relates to its International HIV/AIDS response and funding.

Diverse staff from all walks of life and professional backgrounds working towards a common goal of containing the HIV epidemic with global partners.

Work life balance is a challenge both because of the demands of the job and travel.

Co-workers are an amazing group of dedicated, smart, passionate and team oriented professionals. Many turned out to be mentors and close friends.
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Productive and interesting workplace with creative and dedicated colleagues.
Program Assistant, contractor through MSAG (Current Employee), Washington, DCNovember 19, 2014
The Department of State office where I am currently embedded as a contractor handles all the foreign assistance resources for the Department of State and USAID. The office is very fast paced in order to balance many competing funding and analytical demands and meet very challenging budget deadlines.
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The U.S. Department of State is a Great Place to Work.
Executive Assistant (Former Employee), Washington, DCNovember 7, 2014
Pros: all of the co-workers are wonderful.
Cons: not applicable.
The U.S. Department of State is Truly Great Place to Work. All of the co-workers are wonderful.
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Multi faceted organization
Office Management Specialist (Current Employee), Washington, DCOctober 28, 2014
Pros: networks, meeting awesome people
I really enjoy working here. The people are great and the environment is exciting.
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A lot of International Experience
Honduras Desk Officer (Former Employee), Washington, DCOctober 13, 2014
Great co-workers. The place makes it hard to balance life and work, however the exposure to policy makers and how policy is made is fantastic.
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Great Experience!
Pathways Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 28, 2014
Pros: good pay, free lunch, long breaks
The Department of State is a wonderful place, that I have worked for 3 years. It was a job that was informative and gratifying. I loved my work. Me and my coworkers have formed life long bonds and stay in communication. I had a great experience.
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productive and fun work place
Chinese Instructor (Current Employee), Arlington, VASeptember 18, 2014
work 8 hours per day and five days per week.
friendly colleagues
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Fantastic Internship
Intern (Former Employee), Washington DCSeptember 12, 2014
I interned in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and I could not have asked for a better internship. I was always busy and had real tangible work that I could say was mine. No "intern work" but real applicable work.
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Excellent vwork experience
Scan Specialist (Former Employee), Washington DCSeptember 12, 2014
Co workers very helpful. Managmenmt always avalible when needed. Enjoyed goin to work everyday
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Allowed project design, implementation, and evaluation
English Language Fellow, Education Consultant (Former Employee), IndonesiaSeptember 9, 2014
This job position required a high level of motivation for program outreach, management, and organization. I travelled all over the region to lead and facilitate workshops and conferences for various programs that supported the visions of the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In addition, I taught and supported the faculty members at the Islamic University in Surabaya.
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U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Diplomatic Security Armed Officer (Former Employee), New York, NYSeptember 9, 2014
After working so many years at the U.S. Mission overall it was a positive experience working with the Dept of State employees as well as my fellow officers.
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Serious, dedicated, hard-working group of professionals
Student Temporary Employee (Former Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 3, 2014
Wonderful opportunities for advancement. Bureaucratic. HR is confusing.
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Government Life
Program Analyst GS (Current Employee), Washington, DCAugust 20, 2014
I've enjoyed working for the Department of State. It's a challenging, yet rewarding agency. If you are young and interested in travel opportunities, DoS would be a great agency to join.
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Front row seat to US foreign policy
Information Management Officer (Current Employee), Virtually every country on the globeAugust 3, 2014
Pros: see the world
Cons: you can fnd small people everywhere
Being able to see strengths and weaknesses of the US Government in their dealings in the middle east. The view from inside is about what the public sees except it is unfiltered by the media. Management does not understand technology and is bound by centuries of historical diplomatic processes.

Intelligence and hard work does make a difference and pays off. At senior levels you have influence and ability to make changes and find job satisfaction.

As a taxpayer, it is hard to sometimes witness the waste, and despite all efforts it goes virtually unchecked.
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Great
Research Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCJuly 28, 2014
I really enjoyed my semester in the State Department. Unfortunately, many of the details are unavailable due to security purposes.

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