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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 9 reviews)

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  1. "Work-life balance at most"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do things that matter. Great for professional growth. Stability. Rewarding compensation/benefits. Extra holidays and time off when overseas.

    Cons

    Away from home and have to cope with certain hardships of working in developing countries.


  2. "Foreign Service Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people doing important work.

    Cons

    The organization is highly bureaucratic.

  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience, work-life balance, great company, great mission.

    Cons

    Few advancements opportunities for local staffs.

    Advice to Management

    Consider salary and advancements for local staff.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    A lot of work, happy environment, feels like you are "doing good"

    Cons

    Sometimes slower work to do


  5. "Program Officer"

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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

    Flexible work schedule, Teleworking available

    Cons

    Structured Pay Scale based on how you get hired


  6. "Positive experience but very frustrating at times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and dedicated colleagues. Opportunity to work on important global issues.

    Cons

    More bureaucracy than there needs to be. Frequent turnover of managers/directors for overseas offices. This, combined with changing priorities under each new administration means work is sometimes invested in good activities which are then prematurely terminated. You need to be able to tolerate frequent change to be happy working here. There are a wide variety of hiring mechanisms and depending on how you are hired advancement opportunities may be limited.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


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