US Department of State

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InHerSight Score

2.6

 
Personal Development

Personal Development

2.7
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

2.8
Family Support

Family Support

2.3
Paid Time Off
3.2
Salary Satisfaction
3.2
The People You Work With
3.1
Learning Opportunities
3.1
Equal Opportunities for Women and Men
2.9
Management Opportunities for Women
2.8
Social Activities and Environment
2.5
Sponsorship or Mentorship Program
2.4
Female Representation in Top Leadership
2.3
Flexible Work Hours
2.3
Company Responsiveness
2.2
Wellness Initiatives
2.2
Ability to Telecommute
2.2
Family Growth Support
2.1
Maternity and Adoptive Leave
1.7

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Need an official parental leave policy. You have to save personal and sick leave for years to take parental leave. This should be a separet benedit. Also need more flexible work options. While alternate work schedules and telework are allowable, they are jot embraced by most managers. Also, the daycare has a two year wait-list, and the lactation spaces are not ideal. Most of the workforce in the civil service is female so I'm not sure why the standards are so low on these points. Women are well represented in management so they could be taking this on, but aren't. It's too bad.

Indifferent Rater

Very different opportunities and compensation for Foreign Service Officers vs. Civil Servants. Some people get many opportunities to travel; some do not. Equal pay for women but not enough women in leadership roles. Telework still not culturally accepted nor supported by technology and facilities design. In general, smart and dedicated colleagues who believe in the mission of diplomacy.

Indifferent Rater

Lack of parental leave is the main issue

Satisfied Rater

Is it perfect here for women? No. But it is not terrible, and enorous improvement has occurred over the past 30 years. Outside of certain male-dominated bureaus/work spaces - I'm looking at you, Diplomatic Security, and you, too, Information Technology specialists - there are fairly equal opportunities for women. Women in the past few years have felt more empowered to ask for opportunities, and to call out unequal treatment where it exists. There are many strong female role models and mentors. The Federal government as a whole needs to implement paid parental leave, but the regular USG vacation and sick leave provisions are generous. Telework is supported up to a point; I have been teleworking one day a week for ten years. There are some job-shares, and efforts are underway to make job-share partners easier to find.

Satisfied Rater

Most of the federal government is stuck in the Stone Age when it comes to even knowing the proven approaches to combatting discrimination against women, and the State Department is no exception. You can do very meaningful work here, but be prepared to fight much harder than your male colleagues for promotion.

Indifferent Rater

 

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