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OPIC Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OPIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I really learned a lot through this internship. I worked on some really intersting, large-scale projects and came out with a lot of contacts and marketable skills. My supervisor was also flexible and understanding when it came to facilitating conflicts with school, and job search related activities.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that it is unpaid, and transitioning into a paid/permanent position is unlikely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look into paying internships again, please. It is a shame that Congress hamstrings an agency that is in the black by millions of dollars every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent internship

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

    I worked at OPIC

    Pros

    got a lot of office/internation development experience interning at OPIC

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid and there were no available entry level jobs after the internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My supervisor was wonderful and i learned a lot from her, only problem was that the internship was unpaid but that was beyond her control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Supportive work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    US Government's Development Finance Institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Small boutique government finance development agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  8.  

    I had a great experience at OPIC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9.  

    Great company to intern with for the summer and learn.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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..

  10.  

    Excellent summer internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 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
  11.  

    People have been great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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