Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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  1. Peace Corps - Truly The Hardest Job You'll Ever LOVE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)
    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding, things you can do. You are pushed outside your comfort zone and given opportunities few dream of. If you are willing to rise to the challenge (over and over again), then the experience is something like no other. Truly a life journey (and a development worker's dream come true)!

    Cons

    The role is very unstructured. If you aren't a go-getter and self-starter then you may have significant difficulties as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    My post (Botswana) was extremely well organized and well run. I am proud to have been a part of that team.

  2. Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

  3. Peace Corps is a challenge. Do you accept?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The US Peace Corps is an outstanding governmental organization working to improve the lives of others and share our American values with our partners around the world. I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for three months in Ukraine and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I was totally immersed in Ukrainian village life and received exceptional cross-cultural awareness and language training. I connected on a very personal level with my adoptive Ukrainian family at site and with my Peace Corps family worldwide.

    Cons

    This job is not an easy won. You have to accept that some decisions are not in your control and that you are bound to the bureaucracy that is the Peace Corps. You must respect the chain of command and be on duty 24 hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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  5. The friendliest people you'll ever want to stab you in the back.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of love to go around in this building. The people who come to work everyday come because they care and have a common esprit de corps. There is lots of room for promotion and a great work life balance. Whats more when you leave, everyone is there to say a heartfelt goodbye.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is, at the end of the day, a government bureaucracy. Its ideals, hopes and dreams, inevitably fail to measure up to its achievements. Its political appointees pursue their own personal, Washington D.C oriented vendetta's with one another, with little regard for what goes on beyond its walls, in the Peace Corps community and with the Volunteers overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bickering with one another, comport yourselves with apparent integrity, and learn to communicate better, with staff, with volunteers in the field, and with the 200,000+ returned members of the Peace Corps.

    Additionally, create a clear decision making process, one that isn't based on personal relationships, or ego, but on an understood, accepted and transparent process where the most reasoned or innovative idea wins.

    And never appoint political appointees who didn't serve as Peace Corps Volunteers. Period.

  6. Overall, great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    great Mission, adventurous people, relative lack of bureaucracy compared to other federal agencies, always new groups of pcvs keep things moving

    Cons

    Loss of institutional memory because of the so called five year rule. Too risk averse, though that may be changing.

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. An experience to remember

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    training, training, training, training, training

    Cons

    playing favorites and no confidentiality

    Advice to Management

    not everyone should be a manager.

  8. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo West Africa

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Experience of a lifetime

    Cons

    Not much, they did a great job.

  9. Should not be considered a government agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Postive attitudes; 90% RPCVs at HQ

    Cons

    - no continuity due to archaic 5 year rule
    - not much professionalism
    - not much productivity
    - not much business ethic
    - some jobs seem improvised
    - cult-like vibe

    Advice to Management

    Too much time is spent on the PC culture instead of the daily workloads. The mission needs to be reformed to fit modern day.

  10. The best life experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a new language
    Met many new friends from a new culture
    Had a chance to start business with local counterparts

    Cons

    Lack of toilets
    Emotional roller coaster (could be a pro)

  11. Keep realistic expectations and you can have a life changing experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO (US)
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Living Abroad for 2 years
    -Flexible schedule
    -Able to adapt projects/role to desired career path.
    -Paid Health
    -Travel opportunities
    -Vacation benefits

    Cons

    -Pay = volunteer position
    -Required trainings that have no benefit to service
    -Living Conditions (Location specific)

    Advice to Management

    Use the resources within each country to improve resources and trainings.

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