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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. "Get busy making a difference"

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    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits being in the federal government. Great mission, people and inspiring work to be a part of making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Change fatigue...good and bad. The wheel is always being reinvented due to the 5 year rule for employing staff. That being said PC employees are passionate an inclusive people to work with...a very supportive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure leadership in regional offices have oversight. HQ doesn't always know when there are poor managers or supervisors located in isolated regional offices.


  2. "Generally a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initiative is appreciated, employees are trusted and care about their work, people are nice, the work was fun

    Cons

    Lack of strong upper leadership processes creates lack of strategic direction Foreveryone below them

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the mission, the ambience, etc

    Cons

    Complex organization - 65 countries. Lack of institutional memory due to poor knowledge management and five year rule

    Advice to Management

    Address the five year rule with an up, across or out policy and address knowledge management issues at an agency, rather than office wide level


  4. "Loved my experience!"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people at HQ and the foreign officials that come to the office are amazing.

    Cons

    At times it can be administrative-heavy work.


  5. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you want to adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, and really get to know a place and its people, this a great job.

    Cons

    Be prepared to live without electricity, reliable transportation, television, etc. This a pro and a con, but if you're put in a remote location, you won't have much intereaction with Peace Corps staff or other volunteers. It can be lonely, and staff may not understand your site or be equipped to help you.


  6. "Great agency to work for"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is valued

    Cons

    Training and Development is not a focus for staff


  7. "Different, Enriching Experience"

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    Former Employee - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Got to work on a wide variety of projects with many different types of organizations. Discovered a fascinating, new area of the world and learned a new language. Staff friendly, responsive and open to new project ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes sites can be very remote, with limited access to Internet, running water and/or electricity. Traveling can also be a hassle, with roads and/or cars not being in great condition.

    Advice to Management

    With Peace Corps looking to expand, it's important to hire more staff/support assistants, which are currently being overworked.

  8. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Youth In Development Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Youth In Development Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work. Immersion into a new culture and way of life. Lots of time for personal development.

    Cons

    Must be a self starter. Can be isolating and difficult to get projects off the ground.


  9. "Hardest job you will ever love"

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    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor in Peru, IN
    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor in Peru, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot professionally about yourself, the values learns will impact you for the rest of your life. Very independent work, great network you will have for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Government very vertical, black and white when you love in such a grey situation. It's vey difficult to be alone so many months. It is a very difficult job.


  10. "Loved the Job but It's Changed"

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    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits: vacation time, medical insurance, flexible schedule
    variety of job duties
    great co-workers

    Cons

    bureacratic
    5 year rule
    constantly re-inventing the wheel


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