US Agency for International Development

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Updated August 20, 2015
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah
45 Ratings

Pros
  • a chance to help others much less fortunate around the world (in 4 reviews)

  • Generally, if you set your boundaries right, it's easy to maintain your work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The mix of Foreign Service, Civil Services and political appointees (in 8 reviews)

  • Being treated like a second-class citizen (for not being a direct hire), politics of the programming, and bureaucracy (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place and great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    USAID is a great place to work with dedicated people and the opportunity to see the world. They also encourage upward mobility and are good about approving training.

    Cons

    No place is perfect. Sometimes the hours can be long, and it is not always known that it is appreciated.


  2. Contracting Officer

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    Former Employee - Contracting Officer
    Former Employee - Contracting Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Regular training offered to become FAC-C certified.

    Cons

    No work-life balance; high stress, long hours, extreme workloads, little support from Senior Management in Washington, male dominated - very difficult for professional females to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Provide mentorship, on-the-job training, management support and guidance, fair treatment of employees based on experience rather than connections.


  3. US Global Development Lab is growing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented team with a passion for development.

    Cons

    The Lab has been trying to create a structure for a while now and this has led to innovation fatigue.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to keep the science and technology in STIP as you move forward with the organizational structure.


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  5. Global Health Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of the internship was most of the colleagues were smart and talented and you got autonomy over a project.

    Cons

    Interns had graduate level degrees, full-time schedules and work that reflected an actual job, but received low compensation. Further, it appeared that no one had a bigger understanding of work that was being done and how it fit together to ensure there was coordination on development issues.


  6. Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuba City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuba City, CA

    I worked at US Agency for International Development (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides funding for global public health work

    Cons

    In country representatives often do not take the time to meet with volunteers.


  7. Institutional Contractors are consistently underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Devoted employees, highly educated and experienced staff

    Cons

    Institutional Contractors' pay is all over the map. There is very little oversight of contracts making them highly unethical in some cases and likely fraught with mismanagement and possibly illegal activity.

    Advice to Management

    CORs should know the exact billing of each employee and know what employees are paid. Two employees in the same position with similar backgrounds could be paid around a 20K difference. Additionally, contracting companies claim a lot of overhead, it is worth getting the employees take on what that overhead entails.


  8. Former Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Devoted and committed employees who passionately believe in the agency mission -As an intern, I was treated as a valuable asset on the team -Numerous workshops, trainings and seminars that help employees improve in a plethora of fields/disciplines

    Cons

    -HR is unresponsive at best & incompetent at worst. -The culture of USAID is more laid back than its interagency counterparts. -There is no way of keeping everyone accountable for their own work. Underperformers aren't brought up to par.


  9. Solid foundation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel, access to different strata of societies, work with highly educated and motivated individuals

    Cons

    HR is a constant mess, there is real favoritism among priorities that reflects the highly politicized nature of the work, high turnover in senior mgmt


  10. Helpful (6)

    no skills/performance based upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really committed, smart people at usaid. Usually there is a good deal is flexibility in determining your specific portfolio

    Cons

    The management system at usaid does not make any sense at all. Almost all management positions are reserved for foreign service officers, who are rewarded for years of service and ability to not ruffle any feathers. There is zero emphasis on good people management, as everyone likes to believe we are all so lucky to be there that no one needs to be treated well.

    Advice to Management

    Please find a way to reward and promote staff based on technical skills and accomplishments and be truly open to constructive criticism about the organization


  11. Helpful (2)

    USAID Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is deeply rewarding! Co-workers are amazing!

    Cons

    The leadership is political and often uses the Agency to build personal legacy. The red tape is getting worse.



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