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Careerwoman22 Foreign Service Officer
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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
$50k-$80k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews
Hours, Culture
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.
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,
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cilantro
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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
$50k-$80k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Hiring, Evaluation and Reviews
Policies
No
Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit facetime)
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Diplowoman
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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
$80k-$100k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Pay, Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews
State is a decent place to work and the jobs are interesting but there's a lot of old white boys in charge.
Promote more women into leadership positions
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Indiana Jones Diplomat, Usaid
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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
$100k-$150k
$20k-$50k
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Not for Pay, Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews
Yes
Promote more women into leadership positions
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Wanders
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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
$80k-$100k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews
Yes
Promote more women into leadership positions
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bluhhippo Intern
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January 1970

This was a wonderful place to intern and learn from other successful women.

Job Satisfaction Level
5.0
$25k-$50k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Yes
Hours, Culture, Policies
Yes
Improve my compensation
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soon2bxfso Foreign Service Officer
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January 1970

It's a bureacracy, which means you are going to be burdened running your work past a lot of "stakeholders" with "equities" in your "initiatives." Good ideas often get flattened in the process of review by committee. But there are some good offices and good projects.

Job Satisfaction Level
2.0
$100k-$150k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Promotion
Pay scales are good, and there are opportunities to shine. But senior management is still overwhelmingly white male. And the culture as a whole is risk-averse and heavily invested in process over results.
Promote more women into leadership positions
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uptheladder
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January 1970

Things are pretty equitable in terms of opportunities if you are not pregnant, but maternity leave and lactation time are the absolute pits. I have not had kids and seeing other peoples' experiences makes me think twice about sticking with this job.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$50k-$80k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Yes
Hours
Yes
Improve my benefits (e.g. medical, maternity)
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Anonymous - 8648
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January 1970

There is still an entrenched old boys network, however, things are changing, albeit ever so slowly.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$100k-$150k
$0-$10k
None taken
Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews
I would be honest in sharing the bad parts of the job.
Promote more women into leadership positions
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#womancard Diplomatic Security
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January 1970

Do not be afraid of "being that woman" who calls out inappropriate behavior or blatant sexism.

Job Satisfaction Level
2.0
$80k-$100k
Not eligible for bonus
None taken
Not for Promotion, Hiring, Evaluation and Reviews
Hours
No
Promote more women into leadership positions

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