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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Five year rule of employment is awful (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "Pharmacy Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Assistant in Henrico, VA
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Assistant in Henrico, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel the world and learn

    Cons

    No pay and not a comfortable job!


  2. "Great agency to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Different, Enriching Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Peace Corps Senegal Agriculture Volunteer"

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


  7. "The most "non-government" like Government Agency (that's a good thing)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initiatives move fast. Charismatic and caring leadership. Great clan feel. They make every member of staff feel valued and important. Access to directors and leaders and political appointees are truly open door. The closest this to a flat agency within the government.

    Cons

    5 year rule (can't work longer that 5 years).
    In and out rule, (You have to be out as long as you're working in there)


  8. "Country Desk Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    In a position to work on an important mission for American volunteers and host country nationals in over 60 countries.

    Cons

    The position is demanding and can require working past standard hours.


  9. "Hardest job you will ever love"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Cuerpo de Paz (Peace Corps!)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quite the growing up experience. Peace Corps will challenge you - mentally, physically. You'll really discover who you are in all types of situations.

    Cons

    Safety was a bit of a concern. I spoke elementary spanish and was sent out the furthest from Peace Corps headquarters. My site was very dangerous to get into - no roads, cliffsides w out barriers, landslides, etc. Surprised they had sent me there in all honesty. But, happy I spent my time in central america w out incident. Best advice I can give someone is to be safe! Although the risk is well worth the reward, you are still traveling to another country w poverty, violence, disease, etc. Be smart!!


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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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