Peace Corps
4.3 of 5 352 reviews
www.peacecorps.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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4.3 352 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(87 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend
352 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures"
    in 31 reviews
  • "You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Being away from family and friends for so long, stomach illnesses, low wages"
    in 6 reviews
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    Epic experience in Niger

    Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCross-cultural sharing, learning a new language, making life-long friendships, experiencing the challenges and opportunities of the developing world

    ConsDifficult transitions - both going into and coming out of Peace Corps. But these transitions in themselves are excellent learning and personal development achievements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen Peace Corps programs in more countries. Increase visibility/ awareness of Peace Corps in the US.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging and good for personal development

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat experience living with local communities.

    ConsNot much mentoring when problems arise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Really is the toughest job you'll ever love

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt looks great on a resume and you get access to a huge network when you finish. It really does help you learn a lot of important skills like working in different environment, working independently, etc

    ConsIt can be very lonely and you don't get to choose where you go. It's also hard to not make any real money for a while.

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    Loved it!

    Health Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsPeace Corps was one of the best experiences I ever had and opened lots of opportunities into the international development world for me.

    ConsThere's not a set assignment or structured work schedule, so volunteers often have to be flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some consistency in administration across country programs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Life-changing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWhat other company will pay you to follow your passion abroad? Support from the company is incomparable.

    ConsApplication process can take up to a year or even more, files get lost, you think you've been forgotten, etc.

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    Utterly Lacking in Substance

    Country Desk Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt paid $10/hour as a work-study job.

    ConsI gained no substantive experience whatsoever, and nobody had an interest in my development. All anyone wanted me for was gruntwork, and I was the most underutilized person in the office. I spent months asking for something real to do. They simply could never come up with anything. Their internship program is ill-managed, and led to wasted time for both parties. Also, I didn't know it at the time, but working for the Peace Corps disqualifies you from working for an intelligence agency for 4 years. This has now precluded me from interning with the CIA or DIA, and I was never made aware of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Well-meaning

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing fellow volunteers and locals, integrating into a new culture, great language preparation, get to help people who really need it

    ConsLoneliness at site (only allow one volunteer per site), boring trainings, lack of federal funding, difficult to affect lasting change

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    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsExperience of a lifetime, can find ways to benefit others, learn a lot about yourself

    ConsIt is often what you make of it, frustrations can lead to ineffectiveness

    Advice to Senior ManagementThough I had few complaints with my country's program, in some countries PC has a reputation for not consistently providing the promised support to volunters.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTravel abroad & have the experience of being fully immersed in another culture. Many of the staff were highly capable and motivated, great people to get to know.

    ConsSome poor organization in my office, communication was poor & I found it difficult to get in touch with supervisor when necessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience at Peace Corps

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat staff. Get to work with a lot of RPCVs.

    ConsNo cons at this time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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