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Peace Corps Manager Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  1. "IT Security / Incident Response"

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    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great People, Amazing opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Five year rule of employment is awful.


  2. "A good place to work, especially entry level"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a good place to work, especially for entry level positions. There are exciting opportunities for international field work where you can gain experience.

    Cons

    One of the biggest downsides is the 5 year contract limit. The result is that you end up with people always cycling out and a major loss of institutional knowledge. Another drawback is that Peace Corps tends to disempower staff at the mid and lower management levels so that all the power is concentrated in the top positions, which is not good in terms of capacity development of staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "You have to be flexible and understand that constantly reinventing the wheel is the norm."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people and the mission. I love what we do - we help people in the poorest parts of the world and in doing so we learn so much about ourselves... as individuals, as a culture, and as a country. One of the most important aspects is that we bring back what we've learned and share it with our friends and family. Also, unlike other government agencies, the people who work there are passionate about what they do. Bureaucracies exist but people strive to work in spite of them.

    Cons

    10% of the workforce are political appointees - and historically, the ones that are sent to the Peace Corps are unqualified and inexperienced. All senior leadership are political - so every four (or eight) years everyone starts reinventing the wheel all over again. Knowledge management systems are non-existent as are training opportunities, and often opportunities for personal and professional growth. Also, many positions are at low grades while people are expected to not only, consistently, do things above their pay grade but to take on workloads that fall outside the scope of their position and to cover for other positions that are not back-filled - mainly due to lack of funding. (The agency is top-heavy with a large portion of limited resources funding the inordinate number of high-dollar, low-productivity political appointees).

    Advice to Management

    Petition the White House to reduce the number of political appointees. Invest in building knowledge management systems. Assess how many people are doing multiple jobs and why - and take corrective action. Assess for consistency across the agency in regards to like positions having comparable salaries and performance expectations.


  4. "Best experience"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Panamá (Panama)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Panamá (Panama)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Language classes and cultural integration. A life changing experience

    Cons

    Challenging at times and isolating. Must be intentional about connecting with friends and family

    Advice to Management

    None that i can think of. Keep the open communication


  5. "Gain international experience."

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    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Peace Corps is a great way to see a new country and culture that one might have never seen, or even heard of, prior to their assignment.

    Cons

    Depending on your post, you could have a wonderful experience or terrible time. The Peace Corps does not seem to take enough of an effort on placement for its volunteers.

    Advice to Management

    Improve placement.