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Supporting a mission that is second to none gets makes you want to come to work every day.

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Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at Peace Corps

Pros

The mission of the Peace Corps is first rate. Supporting the work of the Peace Corps Volunteers around the world is truly an honor and a worthwhile reason to come to work every day. Like any Federal job, there are issues that come with it but this is largely avoided compared to other organizations since tenure is limited to 5 years. Institutional knowledge and employee development could be better, but efforts are made in these areas. Don't expect to make a lifelong career here, or to advanced to high positions quickly. The organization will continue to evolve and should adapt over the next few years to bring itself firmly into the 21st century.

Cons

Career advancement is limited; tenure is limited by law to 5 years. Employment development and training opportunities are also limited. The organization is bottom heavy and top management jobs are limited and difficult to obtain.

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Need to get a better understanding of issues on an operational level.

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    The mission is noble but the management of it is not

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    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    The mission of Peace Corps, as first outlined by President Kennedy, remains true today. The noble acheivements and enthusiasm by Volunteers past and present are the fuel that keeps this organization alive. Interaction with volunteers can be invigorating and rewarding. The management here is understanding if you need some extra time off to deal with any issues, and there is enough downtime to get in a good vacation. The people that work here - from nurses to IT specialists, to desk jockeys to and consultants - are fantastic. While some are returned Peace Corps volunteers, many are not and yet still can identify with the underlying mission of providing to support to those who are supporting others. Peace Corps does good work and everyone here is so enthusiastic about what it is they do. It's a contagious feeling and a nice break from corporate go-get'em attitudes or the me-first attitude in other fed agencies.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is a "boutique" agency in the U.S. federal government - very refined towards a mission that contribute little to other agencies and departments outside of it. The Peace Corps is separated from the State Department, but the politics of where Peace Corps will operate is about as complicated and policy-driven as anything could be in Washington. If you love politicking and glad-handing, Peace Corps HQ is an ideal place for you. This place is loaded with political appointees - the White House treats this place as the consolation prize for people that couldn't get elected into office or simply know somebody that knows somebody. A downside of a boutique agency is its subsequent tiny budget. This place is about as cheap as they come.

    A downside is the five-year rule - the requirement that you must leave the agency after 5 years, and cannot return to the agency until another 5 years have elapsed. This is supposed to offer fresh thinking in the agency but all it does is contribute to brain drain and loss of institutional knowledge. Furthermore, I am convinced that employees here are chewed up and spit out, without much attention to professional growth and preparation to leave the agency, which everyone must do (except for those appointees!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees, share information, allow for continuing education, let your staff travel overseas more often, allow for enhanced responsibility and upward mobility. Reward your staff with bonuses or time off awards so they understand the value of their contributions. Finally - enough with the speeches about how we'll do everything to support the volunteer. How about supporting your own staff, who you see and work with everyday? It sure seems like you'd move mountains for people you don't even know, but when we ask for a raise or to go travel, you act like we shot your dog.

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    I was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, very receptive staff to Volunteers needs.

    Cons

    Sometimes not great medical care. Also very top-down, despite what people say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More independence to country offices.

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