US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2020

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US Agency for International Development Administrator  Dr. Rajiv Shah
Dr. Rajiv Shah
139 Ratings
Pros
  • "Supportive work environment, room for career development(in 33 reviews)

  • "Great people, always willing to help if you get stuck(in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Current job instability with new administration is reducing the size of the Foreign Service(in 23 reviews)

  • "No maternity/paternity/family leave - employees must use annual and sick leave (this is for all hiring mechanisms)(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Super smart people, travel, interesting work, government hours

    Cons

    Egos, bureaucratic red tape, low promotion potential, inefficient technology

  2. "Your mileage may vary"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. They can attract the best foreign policy and related expertise, so recruitment was pretty easy to do. Very few people ever turned down job offers. 2. The mission is literally plastered everywhere—if you want to feel as though you are doing meaningful work, it’s easy to connect to the mission. 3. Sense of entrepreneurship among staff, especially those who have worked overseas. They have had to represent the US all over the world, so they are used to “owning” their work and improvising when things don’t go as planned. People who have witnessed real adversity could put minor inconveniences in perspective.

    Cons

    1. So much is decentralized so experiences vary widely from one Bureau/Office to another. 2. Bureaucracy is unnecessarily complex, even by Federal government standards. Internal administrative processes (admin budget, hiring) are not well communicated to internal clients. 3. Foreign Service employees are more powerful, to the detriment of civil servants who work in DC. Civil servants are an afterthought and the administrative systems in place reflect this. Civil service is poorly run as a result. 4. BIGGEST FOR LAST: politics runs rampant. If you have ideological differences with the current Administration you will not be happy. If the Administration agrees with your agency’s fundamental mission, your experience will be different than someone who works for an Administration that doesn’t see the value in your work and disagrees your agency should exist.

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  3. "Great mission"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adviser in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work focused on humanitarian needs

    Cons

    Lots of work and frequent travels

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  4. "Misalignment"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Seat at the table with movers and shakers

    Cons

    What you are hired for and what you are asked during interviews is different from the job you actually end up doing. You end up being a glorified project manager.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Committed, talented cohort; weak management"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The mission of the Agency and dedication of its workforce is powerful. USAID works with many extremely skilled partners. This combines to create effective leadership in the international development arena.

    Cons

    In addition to its own Mission and defined activities, the Agency must continually manage up to its political leadership (White House/Congress) which frequently distracts from its core mission. As a separate but related challenge, the Agency has extremely weak skills in management, both of personnel and projects. Staff are given competing priorities, little direction from supervisors, and overwhelming workloads. Managers are not evaluated or promoted based on their ability to manage.

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  6. "Review"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Acquisition and Assistance Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse working environment Nice place to build experience

    Cons

    Not applicable, Not applicable Not applicable, Not applicable

  7. "Overall Great Way to 'Get your foot in the door'"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Crystal City, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities for growth and exploring development, especially if you are a self starter - Access to renowed experts

    Cons

    - Contracted employees are severely disadvantaged with unclear processes and support; terrible HR model especially for younger professionals

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  8. "Transparency is Key"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ILTP Competency Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of talented people that truly care about the mission.

    Cons

    Management is unorganized and doesn't deliver on promises.

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  9. "Good experience"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented co workers, diverse opportunity

    Cons

    Adhering to USG protocol, government bureacracy

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  10. "Logistics in US government"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistic Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate, driven, competent colleagues that focus on improving well being of others

    Cons

    Bureaucratic government operation that at times is slow to act

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