Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. Great way to continue to make a difference!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, mission that's easy to support, people know and love who you work for--small talk is easy!

    Cons

    As a federal agency, things can move slowly, but I find that it's more because of safeguards put up due to public distrust of government. If this weren't the case, I think the agency would be much more productive and efficient. If you don't want to move to DC, there aren't many opportunities for advancement. A lot of people in senior leadership are political appointees, and sometimes I question whether they're the right person for their positions.

    Advice to Management

    None really; most issues seem to be due to hands being tied by bureaucracy out of management's control


  3. Difficult but worth it; periods of boredom punctuated with bursts of stress and anxiety; you never stop learning.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule -You can work on projects that interest you, as long as their is community interest as well -Learning about another culture -Local friends -Plenty of time outdoors -Moments of incredible peace and satisfaction -A life changing experience

    Cons

    -Mentally challenging: can be lonely and alienating -Exhausting to always be visible in village -Peace Corps bureaucracy -Plans falling through, projects failing miserably -Always feeling like you could do more


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  5. I loved my service with the Peace Corps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be involved with community members in a environment that promoted individual ideas. The Peace Corps has thus far been the most enjoyable experience I have had with an organization.

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons. The Peace Corps is what you make of it, as is most of life. I lived and made the most of my service with the United States Peace Corps.

    Advice to Management

    great


  6. Very fun and engaging environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Solid and enviable mission, lots of camaraderie, never-ending office supplies.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a headache, lots of change without much input from employees.


  7. Loved my entire experience at Peace corps. Really great group of people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great goals, diverse group of employees

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and often strict in regulations

    Advice to Management

    Not applicable


  8. Great Decision

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful people, substantive impactful experience for a short time period.

    Cons

    Little time adjust project if you find the initial project does not make sense for the organization. Many people extend service.

    Advice to Management

    Build in flexibility to adjust project descriptions if needed.


  9. One of the best experiences of my life and career

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The experience of working with a community to develop the skills, projects and initiatives that are important to them - Incredible autonomy to initiate and facilitate secondary projects within the community - Opportunity to integrate into a different culture - Flexibility and autonomy allow for development of great leadership skills that can be put to use in any job or career opportunity

    Cons

    - Reintegration can be difficult after Peace Corps service - Not a ton of support for volunteers to work together on projects across regions

    Advice to Management

    - Support collaborative volunteer projects - Additional services to help volunteers reintegrate post service


  10. Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to live abroad and gain international work experience.

    Cons

    It is a volunteer position so you wont be saving any money.


  11. Great time

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best experience in the world

    Cons

    the heat and food are difficult

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work



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