Peace Corps Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Volunteer in Ghana

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, although results will vary amongst people. Must have an open mind. Program is not perfect but gives you the basic, necessary tools to survive. Great medical care.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a little slow. Very difficult in getting pay raises, especially when there was rampant inflation; however this wasn't necessarily their fault because they answer to the Washington D.C. office. Staff lack experience in responding to major crises.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job. Sean was a standup guy who had a very open mind which was motivational to many of my colleagues. I hope that is the current trajectory for Peace Corps Ghana.

  2. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    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.

  3. Youth Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps gives you the opportunity to serve the public internationally. During my time I taught English, baseball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I also worked daily at an NGO in my city.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is a two year commitment that takes you to the other side of the world. You will be lonely and at times bored.

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  5. As a peace corps volunteer you really work for yourself and your community.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Hardest job you'll ever love, right?

    Cons

    Representing the long arm of American soft power projection.

  6. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    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.

  7. Woth the experience

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adventure, expansion of cultural horizons, experiences you'll never forget...and great job experience. Leadership experience like no other. Forever changes your life. Plus free health care and living expenses.

    Cons

    No pay; readjustment allowance of $275/month you get when you get home. Hardships include doing without many modern conveniences, health risks.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no attempt to track the efficacy of previous work in each country, despite the constant litanies about monitoring and evaluation. Tremendous bureaucracy.

  8. Would continue working here forever if there was no term limit and more room for upward mobility within the organization

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    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It is a federal position so the benefits are great. Each office has a different culture but overall big hearted management and collective mission

    Cons

    There is or was a 5 year term limit which means people need to start searching for a new position around 3.5-4 years and often leave before the 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovative approach and positive culture.

  9. An Excellent Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -The unbeatable PC mission
    -Great work/life balance
    -Phenomenal coworkers!
    -Shared sense of purpose
    -Diverse people and perspectives
    -Strong cadre of managers, many of whom are willing to mentor and promote their staff
    -Lots of interesting speakers and events that foster collaboration across offices, USG, NGOs, and RPCV community
    -Free yoga, pilates, and zumba sessions
    -Bake-offs and potlucks galore
    -To varying degrees, managers give the space and trust necessary for creative and innovative problem solving
    -A warm and friendly atmosphere
    -Agency-wide propensity to promote from within- so once in, there is great potential for advancement
    -Visionary and inspiring leadership from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

    Cons

    -IT challenges, and disconnect between some systems
    -Aversion to open source platforms
    -Some roles and projects seem far removed from the basic tenant of supporting PCVs
    -Under-performers are not always held accountable
    -Sometimes work conducted without sufficient sense of urgency or purpose

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote and support innovative thinking and problem solving. Continue giving non-managers the leeway to develop and carry out projects. Take input from everyone (as you already do), but then assertively choose the path forward.

  10. A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

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    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally
    -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills
    -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh
    -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders

  11. Diverse and fun agency

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    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

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