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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated June 4, 2018
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
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  • "Current job instability with new administration is reducing the size of the Foreign Service" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Various hiring mechanisms create somewhat of a caste system that despite its lack of enforceability, created tensions" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Good place, but a bureacracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff are generally very passionate about their work. If you have a good manager, they can be very flexible with teleworking, travel schedules, etc.

    Cons

    There are lots of career staff (both foreign service and civil service) who entered the ranks young and were promoted, despite not really being strong managers or leaders. The ability to do good work is hamstrung by bureaucratic processes.

  3. "Lots of learning opportunities; culture varies across organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good mission, wonderfully accomplished people, and constant opportunities to learn about diverse areas in some depth.

    Cons

    Structure and bureaucracy can be overly rigid both in moving initiatives forward and in being responsive to personnel career goals.


  4. "Business administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I graduated since 2016 at Bronx community college in New York city , I have an associat degree in business administration and I would like to share my knowledge in your company.

    Cons

    It will be an opportunity for me to work with you


  5. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, leave, and salary.

    Cons

    Poor hiring rates and more work put on hard workers.


  6. "Ok to work at"

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    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bit of flexibility in work

    Cons

    Slow to decisions and the process of making them


  7. "Great Mission & Smart People; Downsides of Government Bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Office Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is inspiring to be part of the mission of the world's largest international development and humanitarian assistance donor. The staff at USAID are talented, dedicated and focused on the organization's mission and impact.

    Cons

    As a US government agency, USAID staff and partners face a number of bureaucratic and political hurdles in their every day operations. This can make it harder to achieve the organization's important mission and can be demoralizing for staff over time.

  8. "Great Mission, Terribly Unorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great Mission

    Cons

    HR is terrible. Poorly organized.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable


  9. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
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    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had many opportunities for individual ownership on my projects. Superiors were welcoming and willing to share knowledge. Great team environment.

    Cons

    Outdated software leads to inefficiencies. Slow internal approval processes. Took a long time to receive security clearance.


  10. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many in the foreign service are passionate about the work. Foreign service benefits are quite good, but come at a trade off given the frequent moves and hardship posts.

    Cons

    Slow moving, little individual authority, lots and lots of poor leadership, if you stay around long enough, you get promoted now matter how bad you are.

    Advice to Management

    Devolve authority to the field.


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