Peace Corps Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  1. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots sick leave, vacation, and other government benefits, best part is the ability to telecommute once a week.

    Cons

    Only a 5 year term, lots of turnover since people are always looking for the next job even though they are very satisfied.

  2. Work on communications and technology for recruitment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission
    Relaxed environment
    Staff is passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and planning
    Many staff (especially appointees) afraid to take risks and try new things
    Terrible technology infrastructure; feels like you're operating in 2007

  3. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    like-minded, small, close-knit staff. Lots of flexibility in planning our campaigns and the outreach activities we conduct; job security, although you are working within a 5-year term limit

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, although this isn't bad in a small agency like ours.

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  5. Diverse and fun agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

  6. AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH CHALLENGES WORKING FOR PEACE CORPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making an impact in the community where you serve, gain good international development experience, amazing network of volunteers, learn a new language.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support, had to see the impact you make, lack of innovation, need to suck-up and show off to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Increase innovation and volunteer support. Focus on what projects work and encourage volunteers to do them. Help volunteers be the best they can be and get rid of the volunteers not doing their job.

  7. excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to Management

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave

  8. Great People to Work with - highly educated, well-traveled and interesting

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Smart, effective team members. Multi-cultural atmosphere.

    Cons

    Turn-over can be high and managers taking the best staff from other teams can be a challenge.

  9. Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

  10. An experience to remember

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    training, training, training, training, training

    Cons

    playing favorites and no confidentiality

    Advice to Management

    not everyone should be a manager.

  11. Keep realistic expectations and you can have a life changing experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Living Abroad for 2 years
    -Flexible schedule
    -Able to adapt projects/role to desired career path.
    -Paid Health
    -Travel opportunities
    -Vacation benefits

    Cons

    -Pay = volunteer position
    -Required trainings that have no benefit to service
    -Living Conditions (Location specific)

    Advice to Management

    Use the resources within each country to improve resources and trainings.

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