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US Agency for International Development Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  • Foreign Service life can be extremely taxing on families; poor work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Work just as hard are direct hires and care just as much about the Agency as (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Communication specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    compensation and benefits, work environment, career opportunities

    Cons

    too much red tape to get around


  2. "Great Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    VERY DIVERSE AND POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT

    Cons

    FEW POSITIONS OPEN FOR EXTERNAL DIRECT HIRES

    Advice to Management

    I really dont have any advise to the Management so far this organization is very positive and provides excellent leadership to its employees.

  3. "Pretty good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor 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

    First off, it completely varies depending on what office and team you work on. Pros are interesting work, lots of opportunities -- especially for high performers, fast/steady pace, and you can't get bored (again, those last two things can really vary). Govt pay and benefits are very good, even though people complain about it.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy takes some getting used to, the politics of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recognizing good talent, and take steps to improve people who need it.


  4. "USAID Foreign Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The Agency takes care of people

    -Family friendly

    -Good training and learning opportunities

    Cons

    -USAID might not exist in a few years if the current administration gets its way.


  5. "Financial Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sure job, challenges, diversity, travels, technology

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, Not so much results oriented

    Advice to Management

    Hold staff accountable


  6. "Private Enterprise Officer, FS-3"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agency for International Development full-time

    Pros

    Amazing mission, great people, travel to far-off places, flat organization

    Cons

    No admin support, worst HR department imaginable, can be very difficult to make/execute decisions because of flat organization and culture of consensus.


  7. "A Great Institution"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communication Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communication Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The agency has a noble goal and it has diversified its development programs to reach more people, while making itself more internally and publicly accountable.

    Cons

    It is exceedingly difficult to get overseas positions and there is a tendency to work in a siloed work environment.

  8. "Tech Advisor Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Crystal City, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    International work
    Easy to get hired
    Network

    Cons

    Lack staff with technical capabilities
    Chaos and poor leadership structure
    Technical work is hampered by Agreement officers who lack technical knowledge but given all the power to manage money
    Partners want to work with AORs and avoid technical experts because they want a $ check and not technical comments

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to newly hired staff
    They are not slaves for the established staff


  9. "Good mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of the agency is great. Most of the people are there because they genuinely want to help the world's less fortunate.

    Cons

    Its the government so the ability to get promoted isn't based on performance , but its all about timing. You have to hope you're eligible for a grade increase when the job you are interested in is open. And you're reputation can make or break you


  10. "program assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good company but some employees are bad

    Cons

    hated my manager, he was not a good one at all. very lazy

    Advice to Management

    improve pay. your workers work too hard and need to be paid well


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