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    Term Limited Appointments

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to work within a federal agency gaining valuable experience.

    Cons

    Limited to a certain number of years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Values driven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development

    Pros

    Smart educated colleagues dedicated to development

    Cons

    Initiatives sometimes impede daily work and current projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love the work but the current administration cares more about its own objectives then the employees, HR is a mess.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work is always challenging, every job has been very different and all of the people I work with are spectacular.

    Cons

    HR, bureaucracy is maddening, work-life balance is hard, training deals more with contracting to keep certified as AOR/COR then anything interesting. Management is also lacking on all fronts. Culture lets politics get in the way of smart development and humanitarian practices as well as the culture does not allow for disagreement with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management a priority and personnel a priority instead of the 18 administrator objectives. Work with the State Department more on keeping us more on an equal footing than a whipping post. Living in DC is the most expensive place in the US, adjustments in salary should reflect that better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, but too hierarchical

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and fast-paced

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is slow, there is a hierarchical culture, and certain hiring mechanisms have limited opportunities and have negative impact on fairness and accountability

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    USAID intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development as an intern

    Pros

    A lot of professionals that are hot shots in the field

    Cons

    Stuck in cubicle land. Not much feedback from managers, sometimes a good thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health and found the environment extremely collegial

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at US Agency for International Development as a contractor

    Pros

    colleagues were great, and access to so many interesting projects, events, talks in the DC area

    Cons

    not enough office/cubicle space for everyone, and the hectic nature of the job and work flow

    Recommends
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    Trying to pull of a massive pivot towards a new way of doing development

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people (except HR)
    Ability to network the entire development community
    Some areas of success when it comes to 'doing development'
    Recognition that it must adapt to the changing times

    Cons

    Turf wars
    Pay
    Pulled in every direction possible, many times at the whim of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower junior/mid-level officers to actually make decisions
    Hold unqualified political appointees accountable to succeed or leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Committed people working on a noble mission; but agency undergoing big, needed reform - ride the wave or get seasick!

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    Former Employee - Senior Political Appointee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Political Appointee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission; important, valuable work. Lots of opportunities, and a particularly interesting time to be there because the Agency is moving to '2.0 development' - an real evolution in development away from a few, exclusive power centers and towards lots of partnerships, ideas, innovation, leadership and funding from all corners of the globe. Very bright people work here.

    Cons

    CEO - Administrator Shah's - reforms, energy, style create a self-admitted "wake" - so tough to work without occasionally hitting the breakers. Bureaucracy is strong, and there's also an added challenge here that foreign service and civil service don't always get along and respect each other. For top staff anyway, hours and work demands are a challenge. You're a long way from the work in the field - and too-tight security restrictions isolate us even further.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Policy and Practice

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    DLI program brings in some highly skilled people with direct implementation experience. Compensation packages are the best in the industry. Excellent language and culture training for foreign assignments.

    Cons

    Training and development focused on organizational policies and procedures, not the latest learning or approaches in aid work or what is most relevant and needed for effective development programming. Career staff are development managers, not implementers and often have critical technical gaps in knowledge, skills and awareness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reporting requirements have overtaken real, effective development work. Politically driven mandates, at times directly at odds with effective development practice and learning, cause significant issues. In the worst cases, overly large programs coupled with critical design flaws and inadequate monitoring fuel corruption, waste and mismanagement in otherwise well-intentioned development investments.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    I love the work. It's a great organization doing amazing work. Work-life balance is great too.

    Cons

    People on power trips. If your supervisor has it out for you, they can make your life totally miserable, and there isn't much you can do about it besides wait for them to be rotated. There is no such thing as anonymity, so forget about complaining. Just suck it up until one of you is shuffled around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve access to meaningful dispute resolution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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