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Employee Reviews
(Winged ratings measure job satisfaction on scale of 1 to 5)
Anonymous Review Image
"Please give great consideration to what aspects of your everyday life are important to you before working for the Department. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Recent Salary
$25k-$50k
Recent Bonus
$0
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
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be careful and document everything. Understand that this is like high school and gossip determines your career."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"no"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Take sexual harassment seriously and not let men operate with impunity"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"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."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0
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."
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
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."
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Don't take this job if you want both a family and respect"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Position or Department
, International
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"federal government does not have maternity leave"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Not if you have young children or plan to have a family"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be prepared if you work with Diplomatic Security to be surrounded by men."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Analyst, Legal
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"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. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can 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,"
Position or Department
foreign service officer ,
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"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. "
Anonymous Review Image
"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."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit facetime)"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"The work is interesting and there are some great people in the organisation but culturally it's behind the times. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"State is a decent place to work and the jobs are interesting but there's a lot of old white boys in charge."
Anonymous Review Image
"I love my job but there is a "good ol boys club" culture than remains in the 1950's."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Diplomat, USAID
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"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."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"This was a wonderful place to intern and learn from other successful women."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Position or Department
Intern,
Recent Salary
$25k-$50k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"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."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Foreign Service Officer,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"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."
Anonymous Review Image
"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."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve my benefits (e.g. medical, maternity)"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"There is still an entrenched old boys network, however, things are changing, albeit ever so slowly."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"I would be honest in sharing the bad parts of the job."
Anonymous Review Image
"Do not be afraid of "being that woman" who calls out inappropriate behavior or blatant sexism. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
, Diplomatic Security
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"The benefits - free housing overseas, relative job security, meaningful work in interesting places, a pension after twenty years of service - are solid. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit facetime)"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"The constant moves are hard on relationships."
Anonymous Review Image
"Very equitable work place"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing United States Department of State can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Practically, the Foreign Service is a good job. The USG pays for your housing, utilities, and moves your stuff around for you. But day-to-day all depends on your boss and the leadership in your Embassy. While women are represented in all roles, their ideas are seen as soft... until a man mentions the same idea, then it is considered "strategic." Women have to adapt in this organization in order to have their ideas, initiatives, etc. heard and implemented. This is especially true if the Ambassador and DCM are men."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"this is the government. you will make the same money, but you will not be treated the same. if you do high-level management work, you will still be seen as a clerk. if you are a man, you have initiative; if you are a woman, you are pushy. the work is still worth doing, but you need to be able to handle this stuff."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"As you become more senior, be prepared to be the only woman in a room of 10-20 men. Be prepared to witness your male colleagues being praised for simultaneously juggling parenting and work, especially when adversity hits (like a child sick day or a pregnant spouse) but don't expect your male colleagues to recognize your efforts to manage workplace and home commitments."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Foreign Service Officer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
0 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes, but have a thick skin and be confident about your contributions"
Anonymous Review Image
"Its not perfect, but the Foreign Service generally recognizes hard work and intelligence. While there will always be some who won't overcome their own biases, I think overall the work is great and I'm recognized for my contributions. Some bureaus are better than others, but the ones I've worked in have been positive experiences. I came from another agency prior to the FS and had a much different experience -- lots of entrenched bias and a view that women were all support staff. Again, not from everyone, but the attitudes were allowed to be expressed openly and were palpable."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Foreign Service Officer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"In general I do like my position and it is good for my career. However, from a female perspective, there are a lot of old white men in leadership positions. My office has taken some steps to address this, but it is hard and progress is slow; they have some difficulty recognizing some of their blindspots. I've noticed that when fellow female colleagues suggest an idea, it is often not heard until a male colleague seconds it or basically says the same thing. I've also seen women in the 30-40 range assumed to be interns or students, referred to as 'young', and have not seen this for men. I've noticed in my office women with advanced degrees are called by their first name while men with advanced degrees are more often called by their advanced degree titles + surname."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend United States Department of State to other women?
"Yes"
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