Peace Corps
4.3 of 5 316 reviews
www.peacecorps.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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4.3 316 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(70 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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You'll come back a changed, person. I did.

Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

ProsYou have the freedom to explore your professional interests while having the network of volunteers and staff assist you. You can make it as meaningful as you want it. I keep things busy and had plenty of experiences that I can pull from, even several years later

ConsThe hardest part is working inside of another culture -- and two years is a short time to really affect much.

Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job

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Strong, mission driven organization with passionate and motivated staff.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Peace Corps

ProsCo-workers at the Peace Corps have a strong sense of purpose (Peace Corps HQ). You can tell your work is doing good in the world and people are very friendly and welcoming.

ConsThe different departments in the Peace Corps could work better together. The five-year rule (most employees can only work five years at a time) has made it difficult to maintain as much institutional memory as other organizations.

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Really is the toughest job you'll ever love

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsIt looks great on a resume and you get access to a huge network when you finish. It really does help you learn a lot of important skills like working in different environment, working independently, etc

ConsIt can be very lonely and you don't get to choose where you go. It's also hard to not make any real money for a while.

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Challenging and good for personal development

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsGreat experience living with local communities.

ConsNot much mentoring when problems arise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well-meaning

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsAmazing fellow volunteers and locals, integrating into a new culture, great language preparation, get to help people who really need it

ConsLoneliness at site (only allow one volunteer per site), boring trainings, lack of federal funding, difficult to affect lasting change

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Overall great experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsTravel abroad & have the experience of being fully immersed in another culture. Many of the staff were highly capable and motivated, great people to get to know.

ConsSome poor organization in my office, communication was poor & I found it difficult to get in touch with supervisor when necessary.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Making a difference is cool

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHelping Volunteers do great work around the world is very rewarding and attracts like-minded people that are great to work with every day.

ConsDealing with government red tape can be a very big pain and the five year rule can sometimes make it difficult to build up institutional knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open to allowing employees to telework.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Time you will never forget

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsGreat medical coverage while abroad. Stipend they give you to live off is very reasonable. You can feel good about the work you do.

ConsSometimes primary assignments fall through, but that is expected in a 3rd world country.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter sight development

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Wonderfully enriching experience, extremely difficult and often frustrating. Roller coaster of 27 months!

Environment Volunteer (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

ProsBeing able to apply skills and help communities who have requested assistance. Working abroad and leaning a new culture. Gaining a new perspective on the developing world. Learning about the practical applications of your education.

ConsMany hoops to jump through, rules and regulations associated with being a government employee. There is a culture of treating volunteers less like equals/peers in a workplace and more like students who require great supervision.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Intense, difficult, isolated, incredibly educational and rewarding.

Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

ProsThe language training was very thorough, as was the cultural training.

ConsThe host country national staff was all fantastic; however, sometimes the country director and staff were not as professional. It varies so much from country to country, though, so I'm sure it's better in other places.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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