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OPIC Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Supportive work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OPIC

    Pros

    I cannot say enough about OPIC - great work environment, team, and work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of entry level opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    US Government's Development Finance Institution

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OPIC

    Pros

    Intersection between the best of the public and private sector; great, meaningful work; extremely hard-working and intelligent people

    Cons

    Organization understaffed; needs additional resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Small boutique government finance development agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OPIC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at OPIC for 2 years and find lots of opportunities to do different work within the agency. Good employees, good people. It's small so it is easier to fix problems quickly. The work is meaningful and interesting: mobilize investment from private sectors while promoting development in emerging market.

    Cons

    Small funding compared with the workload. Lots of regulations to close a deal. Lots paperwork requirement slow down the operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to find more ways to reward high performers. Employees evaluation can be more meaningful if performance is linked to compensation.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to intern, but don't expect a job offer

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OPIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern, you get a chance to do real, meaningful projects, surrounded by top notch graduate student interns and seasoned professionals.

    Cons

    The agency is tiny, around 230 people, and so job openings are rare and the competition for those positions is fierce, especially with the large number of interns they hire. Go in without expectations of ever getting a job at OPIC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for interns to experience different departments, especially if they come back for a second semester.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to intern with for the summer and learn.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OPIC as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility and freedom to work on interesting projects. Lots of high level deals going on all over the world. Great leadership who wants your experience to be meaningful.

    Cons

    All internships are unpaid making it difficult to live in DC at the time. The culture can be very bureaucratic at times but this is to be expected with many government agencies..

  7.  

    I had a great experience at OPIC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at OPIC part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was a great learning experience
    Got to meet a lot of people

    Cons

    Internship was not paid, although we did a lot of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your interns please, they do a lot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at OPIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great worldly view. Working there gives you a great sense of your directly contributing to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    As a government agency, it is highly regulated so there are many compliance steps that must be routinely followed. Leaves less room for some types of creativity as a result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster such a great culture and continue investing in projects that make the world a better place!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    People have been great.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OPIC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency in messages from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better (more focused) direction and overall governance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to intern and to spend last 10 years prior retirement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OPIC

    Pros

    OPIC provides good opportunities for networking. I encourage everyone to attend brown-bag lunches and similar events. There you can learn relevant up-to-date industry information and get to know people from department you don't directly interact with. They also invite people from partner organizations like IFC to exchange latest news and achievements.

    Supervisors are usually supportive of your needs if you vocalize your interests and request more assignments.

    OPIC is one the best state agencies to work at and retire from.

    Cons

    The pace of working was too relaxed for me. A lot of my senior (both in terms of positions and age) were very behind technological progress. And I'm talking about simple things like basic knowledge of Excel and ability to print the way you want.

    Sometimes I had a feeling that people working there were bored with their work, but didn't want to make a little effort to make it more fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know if it's possible in a bureaucratized government agency, but I'd suggest to increase the ratio of younger people among employees.

  11.  

    A uniquely intellectual and fast-paced work environment in the public sector.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Political Risk Insurance Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Political Risk Insurance Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at OPIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Many personal development opportunities for Interns
    - Personal attention and mentoring from high-ranking Directors, etc

    Cons

    - Have to be proactive to have a larger workload. As with any other internship, you need to communicate if you need more assignments. I didn't see this as a problem. :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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