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Updated February 22, 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 18 reviews)

  • Direct Hires and PSCs curry favor over overworked and expendable contractors (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. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    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    Outdated software leads to inefficiencies.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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "USAID is a great place to work, yet has has significant cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Many wonderful pros to working for USAID such as: generally fulfilling work, supportive colleagues, excellent work-life balance, opportunity for overseas travel and professional development.

    Cons

    Typical cons of working for the government: working in a large bureaucracy such as USAID means that getting even the smallest of tasks accomplished can take weeks or months in place of hours or days. Administrative offices can be highly unresponsive. It is difficult to hold poor performers accountable and easy to flout the rules and responsibilities at USAID with few consequences. It is very difficult to move up at USAID - few positions available and positions must be written to allow for promotions in order to advance in responsibilities and salaries. Lastly, a majority of USAID staff are contractors of some sort and do not receive the same benefits as direct government hires or even the same benefits as other contractors. Benefits can be highly variable among the different contracting mechanisms within USAID.


  5. "New Administration challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to work on an international level, with excellent technical teams.

    Cons

    Current job instability with new administration is reducing the size of the Foreign Service.


  6. "USAID Review"

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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

    Great mission
    Ability to work in high impact programs

    Cons

    Political interference
    Bureaucracy
    Lack of diversity in senior management


  7. "Did not meet expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Protect US taxpayers and international development from fraud, waste and abuse.

    Cons

    Poor management, unacceptable culture in investigations.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive to all.

  8. "International Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work; good perks; great local staff and partners.

    Cons

    Hiring and promotion practices are antiquated.

    Advice to Management

    Dire need of an overhaul of the performance evaluation system.


  9. "Best goverment available"

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    Current Employee - Personnel Services Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Personnel Services Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear mission and vision and committed, dedicated and capable staff.

    Cons

    Heavy focused on the advancement of the US foreign policy

    Advice to Management

    Reduce reliance on PSCs


  10. "Fine but no opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development part-time

    Pros

    - Good resume builder
    - Undemanding

    Cons

    -Not enough opportunities
    -Limited engagement from supervisors


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