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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 41 reviews)

  • It was a life changing experience that was possible through this organization (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Experience of a Lifetime"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a volunteer Peace Corps provides a two year experience that can't be topped. It will change you for the better, make you stronger, and instill confidence that you didn't know you had.

    Cons

    Nothing to share, all good from my perspective.


  2. "Fair"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Former Employee - Program Associate

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is pleasant and the people within the organization have similar values. Kind, caring, gentle.

    Cons

    It's a government organization so there's plenty of frustrating procedure and red tape, but it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in communication wit your staff and hear them out. Their input can make their job and yours much easier.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It never gets boring. You learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not much space to grow


  4. "Experience of a lifetime"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Gratifying work abroad for a well-structured organization

    Cons

    Peace Corps discourages frequent meetings with other volunteers, which can be isolating.


  5. "Great Culture - Don't do well with change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing as well as the work that they support. Most areas of the building are spilling with culture. There is a lot of opportunity for movement and a lot of awesome benefits i.e your typical government benefits like metro and gym + some other benefits that i found awesome to have.

    Cons

    They hate change. They really like things done the way that they have always been done in the past.
    Term limited positions.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace and try new ideas. Encourage employees to think outside of the box.


  6. "Great People, Lack of Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The people and the mission are top notch!

    Cons

    The org seems to be stuck in 1961 (when it was formed). I would love to see Peace Corps evolve and bring about more innovation and diversity!


  7. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with Peace Corps has been very rewarding. You get to challenge and discover yourself.

    Cons

    Living in a community by yourself can be hard.

  8. "Water and Sanitation Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    You are basically your own boss

    Cons

    Can be difficult to set up work


  9. "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.


  10. "Review of Peace Corps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, straight forward application process, Can choose where In the world you want to serve

    Cons

    Low pay, some countries do not get enough applicants due to competition from more attractive countries.


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