MONOGAHELA FIRE CREW (Former Employee), Harpers Ferry, WV – January 10, 2014
A typical day on the fire line was very exhausting. I learned that wildfires live up to there name they can change in blink of eye. The crew i was on changed every time i went out on fire assignments so I was always meeting new people. We have great organization for the system we use to suppress the fires. The hardest part of the job is being safe and – more... ensuring that your team is safe. The best part of the job is at the end of the day when all is said and done, you know that you helped keep someones house from burning down, a city from having to evacuate and the people they give so much thanks and it makes me feel good to do good. – less
Agricultural Research Service (Current Employee), Stoneville, MS – July 28, 2014
A DAY AT USDA CAN BE VERY FUN AT TIME, I HAVE THREE OF THE MOST AMAZON COWORKERS I EVER HAD. BERFORE I START WORKING FOR USDA I KNEW HOW TO DO SOME THINGS BUT MY MIND WAS OPEN TO LEARN MORE. THE HARDEST PART OF THE JOB IS LEAVING BECAUSE ITS ONLY A SUMMER JOB. I LIKE TO JOKE AROUND WITH MY COWORKERS BECAUSE WE ALL LIKE A FAMILY IF U REALLY SPEND A DAY – more... AROUND US. – less
Poultry Inspector (Former Employee), Springdale, AR – July 13, 2014
Pros: steady work with decent pay and benefits.
Cons: non caring, no ethic coworkers.
Inspected beef and poultry 8 hours a day. We worked with a variety of different cultures in the plants which was interesting. Management at the level I was at was horrible. My last supervisor only liked to stay in his office and feel important. His actual job was to be out in the plant supervising the employees,which he rarely did. Consequently we had – more... inspectors that slept on the line,singing and dancing and just general horse play.This was very hard for me to tolerate as i believe we had a very important job to do,keep food safe for consumers.This was a wide spread problem nearly everywhere I worked, supervisory veterinarians not caring about what was being passed on to the consumer,very disturbing!! – less
Interesting place to work & I learned a great deal about the industry
Office Support Assistant (Current Employee), Lakewood, CO – July 10, 2014
Pros: teamwork and special proejcts
Cons: office closing
There was a good variety of work to be done, incoming email messages that needed to be printed, entered into different systems, and saved for reference; supply requests disbursement, requisitioning, and financial control; secure mail handling and distribution; producing training manuals (IMPS, Division instructions, Child Nutrition, COOL, Union/Management – more... contract, ect.) brochures, and assorted employee handouts, reviewed incoming and outgoing check registers and procedures; suggested and created new forms to streamline procedures; vehicle fleet management reports; USPS daily reports for return mail costs, reproduction services, and postage meter; verifying and reconciling UPS and FedEx weekly billing (hard and electronic copy); management of UPS database of address; 3-day detail to USDA, Forest Service, Job Corps National Office; assisting in closing the QAD Lakewood Office including scheduling and shipping supply stockpile, inventory supplies and equipment, packaging and shipping museum-quality antiques, converting serveral years of files and data into electronic format for long-term storage. – less
I have only ever worked as a temporary employee... ok.. once as a term.
GS5, Trails (Former Employee), Safford, AZ – June 28, 2014
Pros: getting laid off after six months, beautiful scenery, outdoors
Cons: getting laid off after six months, lack of health care, no retirement
As a temp you work 6 months or less. Usually 6 months on... 6 months off. No health care. No retirement. No uniform. No getting 3 hours a week to exercise like the permanents do. No getting part of your gym membership paid for like the permanents do... Overall I have really enjoyed working for the US Forest Service. Beautiful areas. Hard work, but some – more... really awesome experiences. After ten years as a temp though.... hard not to feel like a throw away person in a throw away culture. Like most of the public land agencies.... more and more emphasis is being put on people with Degrees being in management. And those people want a decent life and salary. Can not blame them. But much of the day to day business of a public agency is dirty, hard, no appreciation kind of work. People with Masters degrees or PHDs are not going to clean the toilets, arrest the timber thieves, keep the trails open... etc, etc. Like most of the public land agencies... paper seems to mean as much or more than people these days. Forest Service is too often the Office Service. Our forest full of trash.... used needles, garbage...
Get your degree. Masters preferable. Then you can get a cost of living increase while talking of how hard to manage it all is.... Only work as a temp if you love the outdoors more than money, and can afford to have a job without healthcare or retirement. Average these days is ten years... ten years as a seasonal before you will make permanent. If you make permanent... I will probably go back to seasonal sooner or later. Great way to make some cash for the summer, see some cool scenery and then go on unemployment. You can do it till your too old to work... then you can live illegally in the Forest you used to patrol. – less
Program Clerk/Automation Clerk (Former Employee), Lincoln, NE – June 10, 2014
Pros: atmosphere, everyone was hurried but they knew that they could only do so much at a time
Cons: budget, they are limited by budget and regulations on what they can do
I would go in and check my email then Update and maintain records of all lenders and borrowers in various file formats. Scan and save records to the USDA webpage Prepare and assemble Single Family Housing Dockets and other materials for scanning into the Central Servicing Center’ database Created PowerPoint slides for presentation Maintained confidentiality – more... of documents and papers of the organization Review, record and store documents for proper use Sort Compliance Reports by program and date Prepare and affix labels to files with appropriate destruction information Sort and compile Budget Reports Update and organize the SOP for scanning Work with Administration, Housing, Business Programs, Community Programs Format Budget Object Classification Codes Conduct equipment inventory for the entire state Work with Business Energy on a project that included adding 200 recipients of Renewable Energy Education Assistance Program(REAP,REDA) into GLS (Guaranteed Loan System) database system Work with the Civil Engineer and entered data for the Nebraska Rural Water Association, metered water rates Work with Business Energy Specialists in entering data into GLS computer database system Continued to work as a volunteer basis after paid position expired on 10/2012 I learned how to multi-task. The management and co-workers wanted to help out in any way they could. I enjoyed the job and the challenge of learning new things – less
I was not happy working in an agency which had leadership that would not listen, help or monitor anything in the lab area. We had employees cheating, talking, leaving their post - without any problems from the management. Co-workers constantly talked about other employees - and caused harm to people who wanted to keep to themselves.
Area Specialist (Former Employee), Devils Lake, ND – May 27, 2014
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America - a very important mission and a really great, hard-working group of people to see that there is a real positive impact on the rural communities in our country.
Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee), Kansas City, Missouri – May 16, 2014
I have been able to gain experience in many aspects of Human Resources such as position classification, pay and compensation, processing and on boarding, human capital, recruitment and placement, training, and employee and labor relations.
Personnel/Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee), Tallahassee, FL – May 14, 2014
Pros: always busy, made day go fast
Cons: too much to do, not enough time in day
I worked with the department for almost 15 years. Worked in numersous databases; collected, researched and compiled information for the Governor of Florida. Assisted management with personnel needs, filling positions, payroll, position descriptions. Responsible for the entire Sonitrol Badges, ensuring that appropriate staff had necessary access to the – more... Mayo Building and Conner Complex. Created forms to be utilized by the department. Purchasing requisitions, approving P-Card transactions as well as travel for personnel. – less
Microbiologist (Current Employee), St. Louis – May 7, 2014
Pros: job security
Cons: lack of development and opportunity.
The USDA is a great place to work. This is a low stress environment. The typical day includes screening and confirming samples for pathogens. Co-workers are knowledgeable and easy to get along with which is important as we work as a team to perform various analyses. The hardest aspect of the job would have to be staying on top of all the exceptions – more... to the rules and guidelines. The best part about this job is the satisfaction that I have contributed to public safety. – less
Program Support Assistant (Former Employee), Shafter, CA – May 2, 2014
Pros: co-workers, flexible, training
Worked for them over 20+ years. Would still be working there if our location along with 10 others, hadn't been targeted in the federal budget cuts for 2012. We were offered jobs else where out of state, but was unable to relocate, due to our family farms here in Kern County.
Front Desk Receptionist (Former Employee), Bishop, CA – April 16, 2014
Pros: great environment
Issued wilderness permits to people to enjoy the back country while interactng with any pulic inquiries. Issued wood permits, and answered any questions about wilderness areas or places to hike for a short time.