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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Campus Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, amazing organization with opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization with tight rules


  2. "Agribusiness vomunteer"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Loved living in Ghana, was free to do as I wanted, no one bossing me aroun

    Cons

    Not much staff supervision meant sometimes a lack of support

  3. "Meaningful work; great people"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Working to support U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and the agency's mission is an honor.

    Cons

    The five-year rule for employees insures a constant staff turn-over. The workplace churn can be difficult, even with an unusually dedicated staff.

    Advice to Management

    The five-year rules hurts the agency more than it helps. Poor performing employees just ride out the five years, while the high performers are moved from position to position.


  4. "An Enriching Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps provides an life-enriching experience, that challenges all of your perspectives on life, development and career prospectives.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is very often bogged down by the stereotypical government bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps Washington should work on better empathizing with applicants and volunteers, instead of worrying adhering to banal regulations.


  5. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Grand Prairie, TX
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable, nice place to work, friendly

    Cons

    Hours, lots of time away from family

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you would like to be treated


  6. "Great Agency...Hard Times"

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    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -The mission is amazing.
    -The people are great.

    Cons

    -Peace Corps' authorizing legislation prevents people from working continuously for the agency for any longer than 8.5 years. Most have to leave before 5 years. Further, Peace Corps' mission is so unique that the expertise you develop doesn't necessarily transfer easily and obviously to other work.

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to work on ways to creatively deal with the 5-year rule.
    -Cherish the mission...and use it to influence how the agency works.


  7. "Toughest Job you will ever love"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Working for an amazing mission
    -Understanding what your work is contributing to
    -Typical federal benefits and leave.
    -One of the most welcoming places to work for people from all walks of life
    - Equal Opportunities

    Cons

    - With the 5 year term-limit, constant reinvention of the wheel occurs. Better documentation of process is needed.
    -With the constant turnover in staff, those left behind are expected to cover positions and portfolios that are significantly more than their own. This contributes to burn out rates.
    -Depending on the department you work in, taking leave or work/life balance is not always as supported as it could be.
    - Disorganized policies and practices. More mission driven than functional at times.

    Advice to Management

    -Recognize that when people are covering other's work, it takes a toll.
    - Look into the 5 year rule and potential further exemptions from this.

  8. "Excellent agency to work for"

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    Current Employee - Support Services Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Support Services Specialist in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supportive leadership
    - Many opportunities to grow your career
    - Flexible schedule

    Cons

    - Five-year rule and in-and-out rule


  9. "Great...if you're coming straight from the field"

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

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

    Pros

    This agency is very mission-driven. People want to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    This agency is all about who you are friends with. People get promoted based upon their friends. Lots of people are hired straight out of college, then out of the field, so they have no professional experience.


  10. "Review of Peace Corps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    strong work life balance, diversity, positive culture

    Cons

    lack of mid-level job opportunities


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