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Updated August 7, 2017
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  1. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at OPIC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission and people are really great

    Cons

    Management doesn't always hear what staff are saying. They are more worried about the political outcomes than the people

    Advice to Management

    Performance reviews mean a lot to employees and shouldn't be just viewed as just another management task that needs to be done but a way to engage the employees


  2. "Advisor to the President & CEO"

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

    Pros

    Great mission, fabulous people, great work life balance, incredible mission

    Cons

    Salary can be low vs. rest of banking sector

  3. "Public Affairs Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Global Communications Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Global Communications Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small agency, talented staff, interesting work in economic development, varied work

    Cons

    Government bureaucratic processes inhibited innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to experienced staff.


  4. "Senior OBIEE Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at OPIC (More than a year)

    Pros

    OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities.

    Cons

    Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds, when commercial funding cannot be obtained elsewhere.


  5. "External Affairs Intern"

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    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OPIC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    REALLY interesting mission and organization. I learned a lot about development, global poverty, and investment finance.

    Cons

    Sort of a controversial organization in Washington, which made Public Affairs a challenge.


  6. "OPIC summer internship review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and open employees, substantive internship, they value the learning component of the internship and offer information sessions for the different departments

    Cons

    Doesn't lead to higher chance of employment regardless of performance, unpaid internship, government position so there are nonflexible rules, my position was more general so I came out of internship not specialized in any one aspect of development finance but just general knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Let interns move between the offices and allocate some time to that, set up more all-intern meetings to facilitate interns collaborating/socializing more


  7. "OPIC INtern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The office does interesting work with development, especially if you are interested in economics. They focus on environmental friendly projects.

    Cons

    The company is very top-heavy, and there is a clear hierarchy. The office environment is very formal. There is not much interaction with other agencies.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great for a government agency, ideal for former private sector employees who want work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (even better than most federal agencies - free gym, a lot of support for training and employee development, more early release and days off around holidays, most employees in finance, legal, or policy do a fair amount of international travel and get lots of comp time), friendly and competent team members, relaxed and positive work environment. High morale. Great organizational mission.

    Cons

    Though the organization's mission is great, OPIC is not as mission-driven as it could be, especially with regard to internal communication. The pay isn't very competitive (it is the government, after all). And like most government agencies, managers are promoted according to longevity as opposed to actual skill in management; and therefore could benefit from management training. Innovation is lacking as is individual agency (again, the government). It's a small agency so opportunities for internal advancement are extremely limited. The agency has to be reauthorized to exist every couple of years or so which makes for fairly myopic strategy. It also means employees don't enjoy the same sense of security most other federal workers have.

    Advice to Management

    Really focus on the mission and the social elements of what OPIC does, especially as the institution hires a younger workforce, this will be one of the main sources of workplace motivation, engagement, and satisfaction. Engage in longer-term strategic planning and visioning. Make sure supervisors engage in periodic management training. Greater focus on innovation and customer service.


  9. "IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome group of employees from various background and ethnic groups.

    Cons

    For some managers, this is their first opportunity to lead others. Some at times fail to take time to recognize employee accomplishments and value to the agency, regardless of grade level.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend quarterly Management Leadership training.


  10. "Intern"

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

    I worked at OPIC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a good amount of responsibility as an intern on a variety of different projects and roles, management is respectful of interns

    Cons

    Unpaid internship is not the greatest, and the work was either very busy or less busy at times

    Advice to Management

    The organization could expose interns more more deals outside their core area, but keep a main focus with the department. Would be nice to have more direct paths to full employment or interface with senior managers.


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