Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
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4.3 358 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(90 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures(in 31 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country(in 21 reviews)

  • Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door(in 7 reviews)

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    Life changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe opportunity to take time out of your life to learn about others is phenomenal. We're there as ambassadors; learning about the people we're there for. The developing world is doing just that, developing.

    ConsThe program itself is lacking; being there under the countries expectations is only appropriate if the country wants Peace Corps to develop and support. Not supplement what the country doesn't retain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the program already, JFK understood the importance of change.

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    Toughest job you'll ever love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy to explore any projects and careers that you want, learn language and culture, be able to work with local communities and share their culture.

    ConsLots of alone time or time drinking coffee with your neighbors watching dust blow by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be great if training provided more skills in emotional intelligence skills or sessions in the soft skills... I also wish they spoke more about the political decisions of why some countries and sites are chosen.

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

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    Amazing place to work, despite term limits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMission-driven international agency with mission to promote world peace and friendship through service to others. Staff at every level, in every position somehow tied to this wonderful mission on daily basis. Attracts best and brightest, with idealist temperaments, caring souls, and thoughtful leaders.

    ConsThe Five Year Rule - statutory term limit from the Peace Corps Act of 1961. Most staff can only work here for five year term limits (some exceptions for up to three years more). Benefit of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment after three years at Peace Corps is great, assuming federal employers are willing to recognize this hiring advantage.

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

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    Life Changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone knows the pros of the Peace Corps. You get to travel to a foreign country for free and live like the locals. The experience is so much more than that, but you have to find out the pros for yourself.

    ConsEveryone has a different Peace Coprps experience. You go in understanding that you don't have a choice over where you serve, you just serve because that is what you want to do.

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    Multiculturally diverse and inclusive environment but a little behind on tech innovation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe place is very internationally diverse. People are generally friendly, nice, inclusive, curious and respectful of other cultures and languages. There are lots of professional development opportunities- mainly because of the high turnover rate- you have to learn quick and be open to getting many duties as needed assignments (this depends on the dept).

    ConsA challenge of working here is that work-life balance varies by dept. and there is no consistency. It seems that only those who are pregnant, have kids, or have families can telework. Professional development also varies by dept. You often have to relate professional development classes to your job-- how about if you've excelled at your entry/mid-level position? Are you given to grow outside of your position to a career after Peace Corps? Again that depends on your dept's leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more work-life balance opportunities- be consistent in enforcing it. Have more professional development opportunities that would truly allow you to grow outside of your present position.

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

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    Wonderful but admin headaches

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee)

    ProsAn experience like no other! Seriously, working for two years in a small village in the middle of nowhere changed my life. Good networking opportunities for after.

    ConsAdmin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the volunteers

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    Great place to work!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeace Corps has a friendly atmosphere with a lot of flexibility for alternative work schedules. It is a great place with a great mission. Because it is a government agency the benefits are great.

    ConsThis is a government agency, so there is a lot of bureaucracy. Also, you will be stuck on the government pay schedule, so it is difficult to progress quickly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is what you make it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDepending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

    ConsDepending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

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

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    Confused... but I still learned a lot from the experience as a volunteer.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearning the spoken language
    Culture Training
    Great support from staff and fellow volunteers. Very caring, understanding, and compassionate
    You will learn a lot about yourself and the world

    ConsLoneliness and Isolation
    Culture Shock and homesickness
    Bureaucracy

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

     

    great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslocals,food,culture,dancing,scenery is great to look at

    Consstaff can be distant from us

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