Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2015
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  1. An Excellent Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The unbeatable PC mission
    -Great work/life balance
    -Phenomenal coworkers!
    -Shared sense of purpose
    -Diverse people and perspectives
    -Strong cadre of managers, many of whom are willing to mentor and promote their staff
    -Lots of interesting speakers and events that foster collaboration across offices, USG, NGOs, and RPCV community
    -Free yoga, pilates, and zumba sessions
    -Bake-offs and potlucks galore
    -To varying degrees, managers give the space and trust necessary for creative and innovative problem solving
    -A warm and friendly atmosphere
    -Agency-wide propensity to promote from within- so once in, there is great potential for advancement
    -Visionary and inspiring leadership from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

    Cons

    -IT challenges, and disconnect between some systems
    -Aversion to open source platforms
    -Some roles and projects seem far removed from the basic tenant of supporting PCVs
    -Under-performers are not always held accountable
    -Sometimes work conducted without sufficient sense of urgency or purpose

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote and support innovative thinking and problem solving. Continue giving non-managers the leeway to develop and carry out projects. Take input from everyone (as you already do), but then assertively choose the path forward.

  2. A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally
    -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills
    -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh
    -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders

  3. Diverse and fun agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

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  5. AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH CHALLENGES WORKING FOR PEACE CORPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making an impact in the community where you serve, gain good international development experience, amazing network of volunteers, learn a new language.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support, had to see the impact you make, lack of innovation, need to suck-up and show off to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Increase innovation and volunteer support. Focus on what projects work and encourage volunteers to do them. Help volunteers be the best they can be and get rid of the volunteers not doing their job.

  6. I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Opportunity to impact locals' lives
    -Meet other like-minded volunteers
    -Freedom to travel

    Cons

    -Sometimes frustrating in difficult in making "real change"
    -Psychological toll of living alone, away from peers and colleagues

  7. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, very receptive staff to Volunteers needs.

    Cons

    Sometimes not great medical care. Also very top-down, despite what people say.

    Advice to Management

    More independence to country offices.

  8. excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to Management

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave

  9. Hardest job you'll ever love

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, field experience, hard work

    Cons

    Work can be abstract., lonely, not payed enough, it really is a 24-7 job

  10. Tough but worth it...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a once in a lifetime opportunity, being able to fully immerse yourself into a new culture and walk away with valuable job skills.

    Cons

    No money, horrible student loan forgiveness!

  11. The Peace Corps is a phenomenal opportunity to live and work amidst foreign culture; it is a poor professional asset.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about the Peace Corps is the language training (with consistent effort, you WILL become fluent in the host country language), the opportunity to live and work in a foreign culture, and honor or representing the US through international service.

    Cons

    The Peace Corps is a poor way for young professionals to develop skills with transferable utility, or to increase their competitiveness in the domestic job market.

    Advice to Management

    Consider volunteer input more when determining site placements.

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