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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 40 reviews)

  • Being able to work with diverse groups of host country nationals (HCN) and hear their stories (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person (in 21 reviews)

  • Five year rule of employment is awful (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "The Hardest Job You will ever Love"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Peace Corps 2.0"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Country Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Good place to be"

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    Current Intern - At the Office of the Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - At the Office of the Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive working environment and a good place to be, a good place to get experience, flexibility, friendly people and there is always something to do.

    Cons

    No pay for interns.


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    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great mission, competent staff, great personalities, work-life balance, people-focused, limited hierarchy, small-office feel. Office politics are everywhere, but at Peace Corps they are easily manageable. Focus of HQ is to support field staff and Volunteers.

    Cons

    Constantly challenging are the systems - application, data reporting, data analysis, etc. The are archaic and nearly non-functional, making work difficult most of the time. Country offices are given the power to choose many of their activities. While there should be some flexibility, having 67+ countries doing their own thing and not following HQ suggested standards can be very challenging and frustrating.


  8. "PCV"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    love it love it love it

    Cons

    no earning, contract ended, serving for only 27 months


  9. "Peace Corps Volunteer Morocco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Learn a new language, travel, become a cultural integration machine, drink lots of sweet tea, and eat well. Earn +300 USD a month for each month of service towards a resettling in allowance. You get plenty of money while in country to live like the locals. The freedom to work on a variety of projects and gain international development experience.

    Cons

    Loneliness, isolation, long term commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Rely on the in-country staff to do their jobs.


  10. "Good College Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Campus Ambassador in Canton, MI
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Campus Ambassador in Canton, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going, self-motivated work. People are very receptive to listening to your pitch because the organization is quite virtuous.

    Cons

    None to think of, it's pretty straightforward

    Advice to Management

    Keep refining the process


  11. "Do it"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will always have an excellent story to tell

    The highest of highpoints in your life

    Cons

    Can be dangerous. Getting sick in the developing world is very hard.

    Lowest lows of your life

    Advice to Management

    Increase re-adjustment allowance



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