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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  1. "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.


  2. "Peace Corps Senegal Agriculture Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Sustainable Agricultural Extension Agen in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sustainable Agricultural Extension Agen in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great cultural experience
    Opportunity to gain many cross-cultural and technical skills.

    Cons

    Administration can be authoritarian in there rules and expectations of volunteers

  3. "CED Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to work on projects, amazing opportunities to live and learn in new communities.

    Cons

    The stipend is super low, adjusting to a new country, red-tape on projects.


  4. "Govt Agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unique experience that can be almost as much as you want it to be - if you put in effort you'll likely see some kind of result

    Cons

    Working for a government organization


  5. "Great opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best way to truly understand how a developing country functions at the grass roots. You meet great friends and colleagues. Only do it if you are truly passionate about development. I did it partially because I just wanted to see what life was like and didn't really enjoy the responsibilities of the position.

    Cons

    Really long and redundant training and you're not supposed/allowed to ride motos which is by far the best way to get around.


  6. "HQ Senior leadership is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    wonderfully young and idealist set of coworkers - working to do good work through new and innovative ideas. I love the wonderful bonds and life long friends I have made with the people I work with.

    Cons

    conservative senior leadership team who does not always support new ideas - change takes a long time, if at all.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees equitably and not as a replaceable FTE. keep up with the times and stay relevant or other organizations are going to meet the niche that Peace Corps has filled over the last 50 years. stay relevant and adapt to the new generation of volunteers - this isn't your grandma's peace corps anymore...


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven. Mostly fun and light environment.

    Cons

    Productivity is not rewarded, but rather punished by more work. Promotions or growing within Peace Corps is a strategy game. It's government; if you're interested in a 40 hour work week with little expected from you or your co workers- this is the place for you.

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

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    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.


  9. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Trainee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Trainee in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great time, great experience. I would recommend.

    Cons

    Lack of Organization. Lack of staff support.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Peace Corps Response Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    IF you have wanted to live in another country and have a flexible work schedule --receive enough money to not dig into your own pocket and have health insurance.... Peace Corps can be a good option

    Cons

    I like the 2 year Peace Corps experience much more than Peace Corps Response program.

    Advice to Management

    Give Peace Corps Response volunteers more incentives to be making the huge sacrifice they are to displace themselves for a short amount of time.... for example, ample and liberal language training skills


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