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Peace Corps Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Great Agency...Hard Times"

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    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Expert in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -The mission is amazing.
    -The people are great.

    Cons

    -Peace Corps' authorizing legislation prevents people from working continuously for the agency for any longer than 8.5 years. Most have to leave before 5 years. Further, Peace Corps' mission is so unique that the expertise you develop doesn't necessarily transfer easily and obviously to other work.

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to work on ways to creatively deal with the 5-year rule.
    -Cherish the mission...and use it to influence how the agency works.


  2. "Excellent agency to work for"

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    Current Employee - Support Services Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Support Services Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supportive leadership
    - Many opportunities to grow your career
    - Flexible schedule

    Cons

    - Five-year rule and in-and-out rule

  3. "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.


  4. "Good internship program"

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    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern

    Pros

    Awesome experience! They invest in their interns and truly try to help them grow.

    Cons

    Work flow would ebb and flow
    Unpaid


  5. "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


  6. "Volunteer Experience with the Peace Corps in Senegal"

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    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great way to gain international experience in the field while also challenging yourself as an individual and an employee.

    Cons

    Like working for any government agency, the Peace Corps has its own fair share of bureaucracy.


  7. "Great for a first internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Placement Office in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Placement Office in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    No experience needed, everyone in the office was so incredibly nice, flexible with hours, brueggers bagels each week

    Cons

    No pay but also barely any responsibilities-basically just filing information into physical filing cabinets or programs online which really anyone could do, no original content production besides end of year intern project

  8. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and service-minded attitude among staff

    Cons

    Standard cons related to government agencies. Slow moving, some politics.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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