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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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US Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah
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  1. "Great Professional Development possibilities"

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    Former Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brown Bag lectures, professional development and connection, ongoing Staff Care and ability for staff to get involved with the wider community and global vision.

    Cons

    Overworked, unrealistic deadlines, politics, divide between contractors and GS.

    Advice to Management

    Please correct the organizational health and train management and supervisors to lead effectively by fostering an open door policy and team environment.


  2. "It's not great"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel to exotic places, building in good location, food court

    Cons

    Severe leadership deficiencies, lack of promotion potential, habit of bringing in outsiders when could promote from within. Lots of dead weight employees

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  3. "Desk Officer-contractor"

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    Current Employee - Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life changing and meaningful work. Positive environment and some of the smartest people I know. Get to learn a lot about how the government works and interagency relations.

    Cons

    Looming budget cuts proposed under Trump administration has everyone on the edge. This is also making implementing partners nervous. Otherwise, great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Management is great as are all other employees.


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  5. "USAID/CIO DEPT"

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    Former Employee - IT Security in Crystal City, VA
    Former Employee - IT Security in Crystal City, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good here. Tried to think of something nice to share but this place is a mess, No good.

    Cons

    Poor mgmt and leadership. Treat contractors with no respect nor professional. Blamed contractors for everything. A bunch of gvt employees that are liars

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, remove all gvt employees and put new people in


  6. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Clear guidelines, was given a lot of freedom in my work which I enjoyed, there was a rushed deadline but they gave me all the necessary materials

    Cons

    None I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project the employer was friendly an resourceful, there was great communication


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people
    Great mission
    Central location
    Travel opportunities

    Cons

    Poor management
    Lack of professional development

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people more. Ensure those working hard get promoted and those poor performers are removed.


  8. "Normal government agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Work is not hard

    Cons

    local leadership. Stroking egos gets promotion

    Advice to Management

    not every one is a leader. Grade does not make a leader


  9. "Program Officer"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Stability, a wide range of interesting technical issues to work on, global travel.

    Cons

    Slow moving, complex bureaucracy. Promotions not closely tied to performance.


  10. "Great opportunities to make change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing ability to make changes in the world

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and people who have forgotten the mission


  11. "A large bureaucracy that has the potential to do great things."

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who are experts in their fields. Great benefits. The potential to travel all over the world and work to make people's lives better.

    Cons

    It's a very large bureaucracy so things move at a snail's pace. Be prepared to wait, to fill out insane amounts of paperwork, and to confront out of date internal practices.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on HR


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