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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Foreign Service life can be extremely taxing on families; poor work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • travel makes work/life balance difficult (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work load. No particular cons.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mission Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    international travel and living, fantastic mission

    Cons

    U.S.G. government bureaucracy, lousy HR, assignment system


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your office and direct supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in an awesome office with an awesome manager. That said, the bureau heads above me are not very forward leaning and I would go crazy if I worked directly for them.

    Pros for USAID are that most people are passionate about development and making a difference in the world. Depending on your supervisor, telework is encouraged.

    Cons

    No paid maternity leave - you have to save up sick leave to take anytime off as a new mom. If you don't have a good manager, you are stuck in a bureaucracy and don't have much hope for promotion or career advancement.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "HR only works for foreign service officers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many very good and technically sound people work for USAID. The agency has become serious about development effectiveness. People care deeply about their work.

    Cons

    With 18 hiring mechanisms and a HR dept that only works to support foreign service officers, the majority of employees in Washington have no rights. If you write a negative review of a foreign service officer you will be punished. There is no job security for the other 17 hiring mechanisms.

    Advice to Management

    The bulk of your technical expertise resides in the non-foreign service officers corps which is not treated well. Wake up and fix the situation.


  6. "USAID"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Retired and Freelance Ccnsultant in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Retired and Freelance Ccnsultant in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great agency to work for with excellent professionals and work environment.

    Cons

    Competitive process to get in and each year there is a competitive evaluation of your performance.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  7. "USPSC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, quick career advancement, variety

    Cons

    job security, lack of some benefits

    Advice to Management

    Consider providing additional benefits similar to Direct Hire emploees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It depends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission, pay is good

    Cons

    Depending on how you are hired the benefits may be great or awful...

    Advice to Management

    Oh, the bureaucracy.


  9. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    its a good place to work

    Cons

    there are no cons here

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program & Management Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Management Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, innovative ideas, meaningful work.

    Cons

    Slow. Typical government work environment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is very interesting.

    Cons

    Workload is overwhelming at times with little management support.

    Advice to Management

    Care!


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