Overseas Private Investment – Washington, DC
(Please follow all instructions carefully) Job Title:Insurance Project Specialist, GS-1101-12/13 DE Agency:Overseas Private Investment Corporation… jobsradar.com
“Great for a government agency, ideal for former private sector employees who want work/life balance ”
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- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
Great benefits (even better than most federal agencies - free gym, a lot of support for training and employee development, more early release and days off around holidays, most employees in finance, legal, or policy do a fair amount of international travel and get lots of comp time), friendly and competent team members, relaxed and positive work environment. High morale. Great organizational mission.
Though the organization's mission is great, OPIC is not as mission-driven as it could be, especially with regard to internal communication. The pay isn't very competitive (it is the government, after all). And like most government agencies, managers are promoted according to longevity as opposed to actual skill in management; and therefore could benefit from management training. Innovation is lacking as is individual agency (again, the government). It's a small agency so opportunities for internal advancement are extremely limited. The agency has to be reauthorized to exist every couple of years or so which makes for fairly myopic strategy. It also means employees don't enjoy the same sense of security most other federal workers have.
Advice to Management
Really focus on the mission and the social elements of what OPIC does, especially as the institution hires a younger workforce, this will be one of the main sources of workplace motivation, engagement, and satisfaction. Engage in longer-term strategic planning and visioning. Make sure supervisors engage in periodic management training. Greater focus on innovation and customer service.