US Agency for International Development

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Updated July 27, 2015
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah
44 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. Former Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

    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.


  2. Solid foundation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  3. Helpful (5)

    no skills/performance based upward mobility

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC

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

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

    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    USAID Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Employee and Labor Relations

    Current Employee - Director in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Upper Marlboro, MD

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

    Pros

    Great job, with dedicated and committed people

    Cons

    Need to find a way for every employee to be able to connect to agency mission


  7. Helpful (1)

    Important mission but removed from the action

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You work on important things and get to influence investment in international development. Smart people.

    Cons

    Must fill out endless requests for information and most important decisions get delayed for a month. Often senior leadership emphasizes talking points at the expense of reality. Not involved in any implementation.


  8. travel coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good expricence working at usaid

    Cons

    nothing bad really which I need to mention


  9. Program Officer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

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

    Pros

    Good salary, dedicated colleagues, opportunity to network

    Cons

    Not enough training, hierarchical system, too admnistrative


  10. Helpful (1)

    an opportunity to make a difference but bogged down in red tape to make things happen

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    in the long run - all the paperwork does lead to making a difference in the world; little physical demand required to work

    Cons

    political appointees, 18 hiring mechanisms and a culture of individual recognition in lieu of team accomplishment

    Advice to Management

    take advantage of the experience and quality of the staff; minimize political influence and agendas at the the expense of making a difference


  11. Helpful (1)

    Health Project Management Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Health Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Public Health Advisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at US Agency for International Development

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at the U.S. Agency for International Development are the senior management, career opportunity and compensation & Benefits

    Cons

    The downside of working at the U,S, Agency for International Development is social economics development of poor countries which are need technical and financial support for their development.



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