Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.3 356 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(89 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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    The Peace Corps was not the experience that I had imagined it would be, but it was well worth it.

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you're an independent, self-motivated person who is okay with putting yourself outside of your comfort zone, the Peace Corps may be for you. It's a great way to gain new perspective on the world, as well as to contribute to a worthy cause.

    ConsThe organization as a whole is committed to making things run smoothly and quietly. That means that if you want two years of solitude, you can have it (after the initial training, that it). On the downside, if you experience trouble at your site, you're on your own. Operations vary from country to country, but I found in my experience that the PC staff were not very supportive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Guatemala Peace Corps

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful staff and many opportunities to develop projects and grow professionally

    ConsNo work life balance. No freedom. Priorities are on keeping the post open, not on the life of the volunteers or the projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A small dysfunctional federal bureaucracy

    Senior Staff (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAs a staff member, civil service salaries and benefits are the best in the nation. As a volunteer in the field, the experience is usually very positive thanks to host country people.

    ConsToo many unqualified political appointees at HQ. Overseas staff not always well-qualified, resulting in hardships for volunteers. Very little oversight in Washington or overseas offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to volunteers. Focus on quality management for the long-term. Cut the bs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Had a good experience day-in/day-out, but was not a strategic way to advance professionally.

    Country Desk Officer (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking as HQ staff: 1) Great collegiality/teamwork in the office! 2) Great devotion and sense of mission! 3) You'll definitely like the people you work with and create a network.

    ConsIn terms of career development, Peace Corps is a place where if you take an entry level job hoping for a chance to move up; then either it will happen quickly (about a year) or not at all. Don't think staying on longer will increase your chances. And in terms of salary history, you're better off working somewhere else first to establish a decent salary history and then joining staff. If you come directly from being a Volunteer you can get stuck at the bottom of the pay scale in your career for a long time.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Empower staff; 2) establish a system for responding to the turnover and institutional learning issues caused by the 5 year rule; 3) Establish a baseline pay for former Volunteers joining staff - don't penalize their years of service to the nation by treating them like they have no salary history/experience.

     

    Most interesting experience that I wouldn't do more than once

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExperience things you've never thought of doing before, learn a lot about yourself, fabulous language training

    ConsNo support from Peace Corps, Medical Staff were inexperienced and inappropriate

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    South Africa not an ideal Peace Corps Country

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsMeet good people. You have time to gain skills, learn a language and travel.

    ConsNot sure how much it helped my career. Some Locations/Volunteer assignments are complete jokes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on some of the countries you send PCV's to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You get what you put into it...

    Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent (Former Employee)

    Pros- The local community you'll live with while abroad
    - Independence
    - New experiences

    Cons- Bureaucracy
    - Paper pushing
    - Supervisors who think don't understand what it's like to live in an underdeveloped area- thus unrealistic expectations
    - It's an unspoken expectation that admin expects you to put your own (financial) resources into programming.

    Advice to Senior Management- Need more support for volunteers on the ground and better record keeping (so don't just keep reinventing the wheel).
    - Healthcare!!! Make sure volunteers are taken care of after they leave country. Many volunteers come down with serious, and unexplained illnesses, and once their contract is over, Peace Corps now longer helps them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Peace Corps

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get an individual experience, what you think of when you want to join the Peace Corps. The immersion into a local country is a fantastic, unique experience.

    ConsDepends entirely on your site placement and the management of the Peace Corps in country. Some bosses are better than others, this makes it almost impossible to compare experiences in the Peace Corps

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    It's what you make of it.

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsIndependence in most situations to start programs that address community needs. Ability to live and integrate abroad.

    ConsThe relationships with site organizations seem to take precedence over volunteer compatibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTherapeutic counseling is needed for volunteers as many of the more difficult challenges are psychological. Administrators should be trained more often.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Met interesting people

    Help Desk (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsDiversity. You get to meet people from all across the united states. This makes the work place such an enjoyable place. Opportunities for international travel to field offices is also a benefit of working at Peace Corps.

    ConsSome people are lazy, especially in the field offices. They give the peace corps such a bad name. The organisation should filter out volunteers without a strong sense of purpose. This will improve the image of the organisation

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease diversity of the recruits

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