Great place to work, learn, and stay with
Power Plant Operator and Power Plant Electrician (Former Employee) – Wyoming, Washington, and California – January 8, 2018
I retired after 40 years of federal service, 17 with the Bureau of Reclamation (a component of the DOI). I found the work interesting and challenging. I didn't always get the training I wanted but enough to help me improve my skills and promotion potential. Speaking of promotions, they are hard to come by. Seems I was only offered promotions after I decided to transfer to a better paying area. I truly enjoyed working with most of my peers. Most were dedicated and professional. Unfortunately, labor policies and unions makes it almost impossible to flush out the deadbeats, of which there were a few. In fact, it's those employees that created the most problems as others would have to pick up their slack. Family life is important and the Bureau would be very accommodating in regards to employees' family needs. The benefits are very good to excellent and partially compensates for relatively lower pay than private, or even state, sectors. Many federal employees stay due to job security and a desire to serve the public (might sound corny to some but important to many gov't employees). There is quite a bit of structure but I've always felt that there is enough room for innovation, especially if there was a benefit for our customers, coworkers, or cost savings.
Benefits, co-workers, management (most of the time)
Pay, inability to fire deadbeats, limited promotion potential