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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
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  • Foreign Service life can be extremely taxing on families; poor work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Large government bureaucracy stifles innovation and allows incompetent individuals to stay in the organization (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Hiring mechanism challenges/PD potential"

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

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Travel, learning opportunities, and working with a humanitarian-oriented group makes for a positive culture.

    Cons

    That being said, there exists a complex hierarchy between different hiring mechanisms. Direct Hires and PSCs curry favor over overworked and expendable contractors.


  2. "Doctor"

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

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    career growth, exciting challenges, better opportunities

    Cons

    interaction with fewer people, short staffing

  3. "Very good agency to work for, great mission, great people"

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

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    USAID's mission is to advance development in 90+ of the lesser developed countries of the world. Anyone who works there will meet great numbers of talented, dedicated people.

    Cons

    It is a federal agency and one cannot be certain of when a budget cut may affect one's programs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with your initiatives to empower people below you and help people find work-life balance.


  4. "Organization Adrift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people in technical areas
    Foreign service compensation and benefits are great
    Travel to areas that you never would on your own, e.g., Africa

    Cons

    Organization has been searching for a mission for a long time
    Most of FS employees do not have a clue as to what to do
    Programs follow same formula used in past that has not worked
    A great deal of wasted effort and money
    Support orgs such as HR are incompetent and do not care
    Many are in it for the financial benefit and retirement and do not care about helping others
    An organization that has outlived its usefulness

    Advice to Management

    Shut it down, except for disaster relief
    No reason to exist in this day and age


  5. "Mixed bag"

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    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Some dedicated staff passionate about the Agency's mission; opportunity to do very interesting and meaningful work

    Cons

    Lots of dead weight; low performers consistently (and inexplicably) retained and promoted; sclerotic bureaucracy and resistance to innovation/change; caste system based on hiring mechanism

    Advice to Management

    If you can't cut the cord for low performers, do a better job hiring and promoting top staff


  6. "Great opportunities, challenging politics and bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Program Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic mission, opportunity to try to make the world a better, safer, more prosperous place. Huge range of opportunities within one agency.

    Cons

    Stifling bureaucracy, risk aversion, political whiplash. A federal agency that is charged with promoting long-term economic growth using acquisition tools designed for buying vehicles will always be a challenge. Mission creep - it's impossible for the agency to do a good job in all of the areas it's been charged with.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the risk calculus - think about programmatic risk (probability of achieving development outcomes) rather than just fiduciary risk (can we account for every dollar, regardless of utility). Trust our local partners with their own futures.


  7. "Development Assistance Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    USAID is a big reliable organisation; strong policies in place

    Cons

    A lot of bureucracy can make work slow

  8. "USAID"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, passionate about their work

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, confusing hiring mechanisms


  9. "Communication specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    compensation and benefits, work environment, career opportunities

    Cons

    too much red tape to get around


  10. "Great Organization"

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

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    VERY DIVERSE AND POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT

    Cons

    FEW POSITIONS OPEN FOR EXTERNAL DIRECT HIRES

    Advice to Management

    I really dont have any advise to the Management so far this organization is very positive and provides excellent leadership to its employees.


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