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Focused on being more productive and saving money
Consultant/Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCJuly 21, 2017
Although worked as a contractor for the State Dept., I found them progressive and eager to spend their budget monies wisely. They made a real effort to improve their vehicle fleet.
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The people are awesome, which makes the job easier.
DMI - Inventory Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 20, 2017
Consist of checking emails, to see what work has been assigned. After retrieving your assignment, Follow the policy that is set. Ensure that all information is correct before entering in the database. I enjoy working with the individuals that are on the team.. Everyone is willing to help in any capacity.
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Great place to work
Acquisitions/Management Analyst (Current Employee) –  Arlington, VAJuly 19, 2017
No complaints - As long as you do your job and support the mission at hand, working for the Department of State is a great thing. Very flexible work schedules thanks to 'telework' opportunities
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Great Mission, Great Colleagues
Associate General Counsel (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCJuly 19, 2017
State has a uniquely professional yet warm culture. It is an amazing place to work with many opportunities for advancement and training. I would definitely recommend working here.
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stressful environment depending on work area
Departmental Specialist (Current Employee) –  MIJuly 13, 2017
The tone of each department is set by the manager of the work area. Advancement opportunities are based on who you know. little weight is given to skillset, experience and education. Extremely bureaucratic environment. Work environment can be unnecessarily stressful. Depending on Department or agency, no real team environment.
Pros
If you know the right people. potential is lmitless dispite skillset
Cons
team environment varies by work area
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Pathways
Passport Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 12, 2017
I joined DoS after working with Americorps and pursued my passion for government work. Good experience and opportunity for service in the federal government and you learn the pros and cons. Good to see that there is so much change and reform going on across all agencies, I think they need it.
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Productive and fun for overseas advancement.
Sergeant/Assistant Detachment Commander (Former Employee) –  Brazil/Africa/ ChinaJuly 11, 2017
Working with the Department of State opened several opportunities and experiences that other places cannot offer. Though stressful and quick paced at times, the rewards are fantastic.
Pros
Travel
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Great life, hard work, cultural experiences
Technical Writer (Former Employee) –  Rosslyn, VAJuly 7, 2017
The Department of State is not like any other employer one will have the pleasure of working in. Each day brings new challenges that have to be solved with existing personnel and expertise. Assistance can often be hundreds of miles away. I loved it and miss it still.
Pros
Health care options, physicals every two years, housing, cultural exchanges
Cons
Long hours, exposure to crime or political extermism
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Fun workplace
Consular Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 3, 2017
It was a great experience working at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. However, the pay wasn't at all good, let alone great. Imagine moving from the U.S. to go work overseas, where life is 3 times more expensive than it is in the U.S. but still getting paid 12 times less than someone else who does the same or even less work than you do, just because you applied on the Embassy's site instead of USAjobs. Not only that, you have no benefits, plus you still have to pay U.S. taxes while out there; and when you finally get to move back to the U.S. they can't even provide you an SF-50, nor can you claim unemployment benefits, because none of your wages your reported. You're being paid at the local currency rate, which is 10 to 15 times lower than U.S. dollar, but paying taxes in U.S. currency after conversion, plus because of all the International presence, life is very expensive and you therefore, are spending in U.S. currency
Pros
Fun
Cons
short lunch, very low pay
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It's a job like no other
Foreign Service Officer (Current Employee) –  Downingtown, PAJune 30, 2017
It's hard to describe how life-changing this job is. Moving around the world and always having a new experience. It can be challenging for work life balance.
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Exciting Project
Diplomacy Lab Researcher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 29, 2017
This was a research project in collaboration with my school which lasted for one semester. Great communication and feedback when research was completed.
Pros
Certification
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wonderful experiencel
Victim Assistance Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 27, 2017
Very interesting place to work with lots of perks such as in house credit union, discounts on several restaurants, and community based programs. the pay was fantastic
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I visited the State Department
Linguist/Interpreter, Venezuelan Relations (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 24, 2017
I never worked here. I visited the State Department with other venezuelan high officers. I'll correct the misinformation in my resume as soon as possible.
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Great agency to work for
Assistant Agency Director (Current Employee) –  Stamford, CTJune 21, 2017
I am supported to innovate, build teams and constantly improve customer service. It's a fantastic place to work with advancement opportunities and great benefits.
Pros
Work Schedule
Cons
Constant policy changes
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exciting and fun place to work!
Team Lebanon, (Former Employee) –  VirginiaJune 21, 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed working for the Department of State and can't wait to continue in another fun filled and exciting adventure! Working overseas is so exciting and fun to work. You are able to meet so many new friends from all over the world who remain your friends forever!
Pros
Good pay, housing and accommodationsd and the free food is a plus
Cons
short breaks and harsh living conditions
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A very balanced and supportive role
Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 20, 2017
The manager and colleagues were always extremely supportive and eager to place me in a learning environment especially as an intern. They were always encouraging and helpful.
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Productive, Exciting and never a dull moment.
Rotor Wing Lead Technician IRAQ (Former Employee) –  Jungle of South AmericaJune 19, 2017
Hot, fast paced and never a dull moment. Lots of flight time and travel.
Working conditions were in the jungle and ruff. lots of places only cold water to shower
Pros
Great, i love dmy job
Cons
Nothing
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Social Worker and Certified Teacher (Current Employee) –  Vientiane, LAJune 16, 2017
security is great, benefits are exceptional, ability to work abroad and in the states, ability to work with a diverse group of people and become flexible as well as adaptable.
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Unparalleled Career in U.S. Federal Government Service
Freedom of Information Act Reviewer, A/GIS (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 14, 2017
The elite of U.S. Government service and therefore of government service the world over. World travel, contact with global variety of people and societies.
Pros
International experience
Cons
Hours too long, too much intra-departmental politicking for next assignment
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Nice Place To Work
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJune 12, 2017
Nice place to work. Opportunity for advancement. You must network as much as you can. Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know in order to get ahead.
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