Women's Job Satisfaction (5=very satisfied)
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January 1970

Please give great consideration to what aspects of your everyday life are important to you before working for the Department.

Job Satisfaction Level

2.0
  • CEO supports Gender Diversity?

    I'm not sure

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Hiring, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Level of Flexibility

    1 2 3 4 5

    In my experience, there is more flexibility for families than for single women in particular. It's very difficult for women to date within the Department of State because men tend to find spouses in various countries instead of among their peers. While the diversity is not a bad thing, it simply limits the social abilities of single women severely. Additionally, leave times, work hours, and commissary hours, in some countries, limit the ability to do everyday tasks for single women. Single women are encouraged to take leave at different times than families, who ask for the major holidays and summers off.

  • Work-Life Friendly Attributes:

    Policies

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)

  • Recommend to Women?

    No

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January 1970

Be careful and document everything. Understand that this is like high school and gossip determines your career.

Job Satisfaction Level

1.0
  • CEO supports Gender Diversity?

    No

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Pay, Promotion, Hiring, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Level of Flexibility

    1 2 3 4 5

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Take sexual harassment seriously and not let men operate with impunity

  • Recommend to Women?

    No

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January 1970

You still need a thick skin, but there are great opportunities to do great work. Moving often can be difficult for relationships, but that's true for men and women.

Job Satisfaction Level

5.0
  • Recent Salary

    >$150k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • CEO supports Gender Diversity?

    Yes

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Yes

  • Level of Flexibility

    1 2 3 4 5

    We've improved a great deal over the past three decades, but still have far to go. One of the best things is the degree of independence given to most employees early in their careers.

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    4 paid / 32 unpaid

    We only get paid sick leave or annual leave, not "maternity" leave. I was able to take considerable time though with some flexible accommodation of leave without pay.

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)

  • Recommend to Women?

    Yes

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International

January 1970

Don't take this job if you want both a family and respect

Job Satisfaction Level

2.0
  • Recent Salary

    $100k-$150k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • CEO supports Gender Diversity?

    I'm not sure

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion

  • Level of Flexibility

    1 2 3 4 5

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

    federal government does not have maternity leave

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)

  • Recommend to Women?

    Maybe. Not if you have young children or plan to have a family

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Analyst

Legal

January 1970

Be prepared if you work with Diplomatic Security to be surrounded by men.

Job Satisfaction Level

4.0
  • Recent Salary

    $50k-$80k

  • Recent Bonus

    $0-$10k

  • CEO supports Gender Diversity?

    I'm not sure

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion

  • Level of Flexibility

    1 2 3 4 5

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Work-Life Friendly Attributes:

    Hours, Culture

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Promote more women into leadership positions

  • Recommend to Women?

    Yes

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Foreign Service Officer

January 1970

Know that things will be harder for you. Its not equitable and not everyone cares to fix this or address. Oftentimes you will suffer on your own. There is a culture of avoidance.

Job Satisfaction Level

2.0
  • Recent Salary

    $50k-$80k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Work-Life Friendly Attributes:

    Hours, Culture

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Be more results-oriented and less bureaucratic. Be open to new, innovative ideas instead of depending on a faulty hierarchical leadership that seeks to only maintain the status quo. Psychological safety, or the ability of all members of the team to contribute their ideas, is lacking. This is especially problematic for people of color and women,

  • Recommend to Women?

    Maybe. Its not a career/lifestyle for women. Its hard on everyone, but I would caution all women, especially those of color before taking the job.

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January 1970

The DOS still has a culture of working long hours and having the job, not your family, be the priority. It is incredibly difficult, even as a single woman, to work the hours required to be considered a good employee.

Job Satisfaction Level

3.0
  • Recent Salary

    $50k-$80k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Hiring, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Work-Life Friendly Attributes:

    Policies

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit facetime)

  • Recommend to Women?

    No

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January 1970

The work is interesting and there are some great people in the organisation but culturally it's behind the times.

Job Satisfaction Level

3.0
  • Recent Salary

    $80k-$100k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Pay, Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Promote more women into leadership positions

  • Recommend to Women?

    Maybe. State is a decent place to work and the jobs are interesting but there's a lot of old white boys in charge.

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Diplomat

Usaid

January 1970

I love my job but there is a "good ol boys club" culture than remains in the 1950's.

Job Satisfaction Level

3.0
  • Recent Salary

    $100k-$150k

  • Recent Bonus

    $20k-$50k

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Pay, Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Promote more women into leadership positions

  • Recommend to Women?

    Yes

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January 1970

Life overseas can be very lonely for women who do not have a family or partner with them. Not only is embassy work tough and long hours (and often teeming with gender bias), local culture in other countries is often hostile to solo women, or much more sexist than in the U.S.

Job Satisfaction Level

3.0
  • Recent Salary

    $80k-$100k

  • Recent Bonus

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Promote more women into leadership positions

  • Recommend to Women?

    Yes

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