foreign service officer Job Reviews

Women who are foreign service officers have an overall job satisfaction level of 3.5, 25% of them believe there is gender equality in their firms, and make an average salary range of $80k-$100k.

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Careerwoman22

United States Department of State

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
  • Recent Salary (USD)

    $50k-$80k

  • Recent Bonus (USD)

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion, Evaluation and Reviews

  • Family Friendly Aspects

    Hours, Culture

  • 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.

  • 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,

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soon2bxfso

United States Department of State

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
  • Recent Salary (USD)

    $100k-$150k

  • Recent Bonus (USD)

    Not eligible for bonus

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Not for Promotion

  • Recommend to Women?

    Maybe. 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.

  • One Thing Employer Could Improve

    Promote more women into leadership positions

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Lady anon1018

United States Department of State

Foreign Service Officer

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January 1970

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.

Job Satisfaction Level

5.0
  • Recent Salary (USD)

    $100k-$150k

  • Recent Bonus (USD)

    $0-$10k

  • Typical Hours (per day)

    9 hours

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    None taken

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    No

  • Recommend to Women?

    Maybe. Yes, but have a thick skin and be confident about your contributions

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Lady Diplomat

United States Department of State

Foreign Service Officer

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January 1970

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.

Job Satisfaction Level

5.0
  • Recent Salary (USD)

    $100k-$150k

  • Recent Bonus (USD)

    $0-$10k

  • Typical Hours (per day)

    11 hours

  • Took Maternity Leave Here? (Weeks)

    12 paid / unpaid

  • Are Women and Men Treated Equally?

    Yes

  • Recommend to Women?

    Yes

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