Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 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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    very rewarding - hardships are nuanced and location-specific

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfreedom to develop projects; interesting areas; lots of personal growth; opportunities to travel and meet interesting people

    Consresources, lack of support, very bureaucratic (it's a government agency); high turn-over among leaders and volunteers, often vague and ambiguous expectations

    Advice to Senior Managementspend more time on the ground with volunteers.

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    There's a reason why "the toughest job you'll ever love" is still one of their slogans.

    Community Economic Development Adviser (Former Employee)

    ProsApart from being immersed in another culture and language for over two years, I think the main pros are also the cons. This experience will test to to your limits mentally and physically. There was almost no direction in what to do once at site. It can be really difficult, overwhelming, and isolating. But by the end of those 27 months, you can look back at what you've accomplished and say that you made that happen. You initiated meaningful projects and made a real impact on your community not because someone told you to do it, but because you saw that's what needed to be done and did it. And by overcoming those enormous obstacles, it just makes that feeling that much more meaningful.

    ConsOther cons were the bureaucracy of decision making from Washington and sometimes volunteers in my country feel as if they weren't supported enough by the medical staff. Keep in mind, however, that I felt very safe and that the medical staff-volunteer relationship will vary drastically within one country, let alone from country to country. It just depends on what your expectations are and the alacrity and American professionalism of your country's medical unit.

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

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    Great experience, would recommend to anyone interested in working abroad

    Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility and insightful experience, would highly recommend to anyone

    ConsStrict policies and procedures when out of site

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

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    Great Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOnce in a lifetime experience to work in a community that you would not have otherwise had access to. If you are interested in living overseas, PC is a great way to try it without incurring as much risk.

    ConsDefinitely some challenging times living in another culture and being away from any real structure. Teaches you how to manage yourself.

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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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    Former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in two countries

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsAs a Peace Corps Volunteer, you receive world-class language, cultural, and position specific training in-country. Further, the Peace Corps has a great reputation which will follow you after your tenure

    ConsAs a government entity, the Peace Corps is susceptible to slow government response times and red tape when it comes to seeking to receiving feedback and proposing new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    Prosevery day is an adventure. amazing life and career experience. learn another language, learn more about yourself and your strengths and challenge yourself every day.

    Conscultural norms can be difficult to adjust too, requires great patience and flexibility, challenging readjustment back to the usa, staff support varies from country to country

    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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    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

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