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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Because of the "five year rule" most employers don't stay at the Peace Corps for ever. It is less bureaucratic than other federal agencies and it has more entrepreneurial spirit. People are very friendly in general and the work environment is dynamic and fun.

    Cons

    Because people come and go the processes and operations can be messy. It is a government agency after all and you need to know how to navigate office politics if you want to succeed.


  2. "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

  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. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    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


  5. "Great Agency...Hard Times"

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    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. "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
    Recommends
    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


  7. "The Hardest Job You will ever Love"

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    Current Employee - Chief Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very mission oriented. Hardworking staff. Innovative. Friendly and modern atmosphere. Great place to learn fast, get great professional development on the job and progress upwards fast.

    Cons

    Politics.Senior leadership are almost all political appointees and turnover frequently.

  8. "Peace Corps 2.0"

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great work culture. Most people were Peace Corps Volunteers, so you can count on them for interesting stories and perspective and solid, naturally collaborative work-ethic. Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer myself, this feels like Peace Corps 2.0. I feel very lucky to be here.

    Cons

    5-year term limit. Keeping up with the pace of change can be difficult. It is a federal agency, so there are some bureaucratic elements of any Peace Corps job. Some middle management types can be out-of-touch. Workloads can be high.


  9. "Opportunity of a Lifetime"

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps volunteer is opportunity of a lifetime. You have to opportunity to learn about another culture and become part of the their community.

    Cons

    It's very challenging work--physically, mentally, emotionally, professionally, etc. It's not for everyone, but it's a great opportunity for those who are looking to grow and are up for a 27-month challenge.


  10. "Country Director"

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

    Pros

    Working with Peace Corps Volunteers, their community members and our host country staff!

    Cons

    None worth noting in this space.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on supporting Peace Corps' core business - the Volunteers and the work they do in their communities.


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