Acting Unit Chief (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 22, 2018
The dedication and capability of my co-workers is unmatched. I've never seen so many people craving more work, no matter how much we already have on our plates. We work hard and find great personal reward in what we accomplish. The management is attentive and supportive, on the whole, but unique individuals have the unfortunate ability to spoil the soup. From my best manager I learned the value of maintaining a relaxed work-place even in the face of chaos, and the value of harboring true respect for the work your people do.
Passport Support Associate (Current Employee) – North Charleston, SC – July 13, 2018
There is opportunities for improvement but for myself, its just a step to where a want to be. This job isnt for everyone but if you like sitting in front of a computer shuffling papers all day, then this is the job for you.
Office of the S & T Adviser to the Secretary (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 9, 2018
A day at the State Department is a year of experience, insight, impact and learnings anywhere else. If I had known about this when I was a 22 year old graduating college, my life would have taken a much different trajectory - I'd have started there!
Uniform Protection Officer (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 3, 2018
A typical day at work would be arriving 45 minutes prior to duty, this is called guardmount. Once you arrived you would dress and (gired-up) weapon. Once you are ready for duty management would you complete a roll call briefing and have you sign on for duty, at that time you will relieve your co-worker 10 minutes before your duty. Access control is 100% of our job. The hardest part of the job is standing for 12 hours, the most enjoyable part of my job is meeting people from different parts of the world.
Imagine waking up each morning looking forward to the fun that you’re going to have at work that day! People there are well refined and intelligent
Senior Adviser (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 28, 2018
I love learning---from books; learning from other people's experience; and learning from day-to-day work. That is why I applied for the FRANKLIN FELLOOWS Program. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn and it was. Every day was new and different and I had the opportunity to learn new technology tools and take online classes-- many of which were a real discovery for me. I learned so much from my program. I learned to be more organized in terms of time management because the life pace in the State Department is faster in general. And I learned to think and act more independently. But most importantly, I learned that there are so many people coming from different cultures and countries who share and promote the same values such as human rights, transparency, and equal opportunities for education. Knowing all these gives me peace and happiness.
Special Background Investigator (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – June 28, 2018
Very fair organization and I would still be employed if there were openings in Fla where I transferred to. Company is fair as far as work schedule and assignments. Only down was payments had to come out of Charleston, SC for direct deposit.
Program Analyst (Current Employee) – Rosslyn, VA – June 26, 2018
The job is straight forward with no pressure. Advancement is possible but can be political. I have opportunities to implement my own ideas but restricted with creativity. This is a very professional work environment.
Great opportunities to work on large development projects
Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 23, 2018
This off-site internship program allowed very flexible working hours for students. I was able to adjust by schedule to work with teams comprised of State Dept employees, contractors, and fellow interns. We were given a high level of autonomy and encouraged to use our creativity and expertise to problem solve.
Special Agent/Attache (Former Employee) – Global – June 16, 2018
I really liked working for the US Dept of State. However changes in my personal priorities and family made my departure necessary. It is a great job for someone who wants a bit of adventure but not a whole lot of control over their life (e.g. where they will have to live or move every few years).