Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Woth the experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adventure, expansion of cultural horizons, experiences you'll never forget...and great job experience. Leadership experience like no other. Forever changes your life. Plus free health care and living expenses.

    Cons

    No pay; readjustment allowance of $275/month you get when you get home. Hardships include doing without many modern conveniences, health risks.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no attempt to track the efficacy of previous work in each country, despite the constant litanies about monitoring and evaluation. Tremendous bureaucracy.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Would continue working here forever if there was no term limit and more room for upward mobility within the organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a federal position so the benefits are great. Each office has a different culture but overall big hearted management and collective mission

    Cons

    There is or was a 5 year term limit which means people need to start searching for a new position around 3.5-4 years and often leave before the 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovative approach and positive culture.


  3. Helpful (1)

    An Excellent Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The unbeatable PC mission -Great work/life balance -Phenomenal coworkers! -Shared sense of purpose -Diverse people and perspectives -Strong cadre of managers, many of whom are willing to mentor and promote their staff -Lots of interesting speakers and events that foster collaboration across offices, USG, NGOs, and RPCV community -Free yoga, pilates, and zumba sessions -Bake-offs and potlucks galore -To varying degrees, managers give the space and trust necessary for creative and innovative problem solving -A warm and friendly atmosphere -Agency-wide propensity to promote from within- so once in, there is great potential for advancement -Visionary and inspiring leadership from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

    Cons

    -IT challenges, and disconnect between some systems -Aversion to open source platforms -Some roles and projects seem far removed from the basic tenant of supporting PCVs -Under-performers are not always held accountable -Sometimes work conducted without sufficient sense of urgency or purpose

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote and support innovative thinking and problem solving. Continue giving non-managers the leeway to develop and carry out projects. Take input from everyone (as you already do), but then assertively choose the path forward.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders


  6. Diverse and fun agency

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years


  7. Pros

    -Opportunity to impact locals' lives -Meet other like-minded volunteers -Freedom to travel

    Cons

    -Sometimes frustrating in difficult in making "real change" -Psychological toll of living alone, away from peers and colleagues


  8. Helpful (1)

    excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to Management

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave


  9. Great People to Work with - highly educated, well-traveled and interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, effective team members. Multi-cultural atmosphere.

    Cons

    Turn-over can be high and managers taking the best staff from other teams can be a challenge.


  10. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo West Africa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Experience of a lifetime

    Cons

    Not much, they did a great job.


  11. Wonderful organization making a positive impact in developing countries.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -skills training -language skills development -technical suppoet -excellent medical coverage -opportunities to travel

    Cons

    -long application process -small stipend -can be challenging to work in site where placed

    Advice to Management

    None.



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