Office of Facilities, Maintenance & Reliability [OFMR]
Facilities Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) – National Zoological Park, DC – September 30, 2016
Loved working around the animals with the keepers.
Safety and employee relations are VERY poor, managers are all afraid of their jobs and refuse to discipline anyone no matter how egregious the infraction.
Incompetence and stupidity abound at all levels and departments at the Smithsonian. The level of incompetence in upper management GS-11, 12, 13 and department heads are all poor examples of managers.
If this were a private business it would go broke in a week.
No accountability by management for multi-thousands of dollars mismanaged, squandered and wasted on stupid projects with no repercussions.
Complaint to Office of Inspector General [Internal Office] is "investigated" and no basis is found for wasting money. These people are a joke and nothing but a shill.
This is how these people spend our tax dollars.
Zoo director believes he walks on water, is arrogant and does not know how to talk to staff.
Zone manager is incompetent and a friend to the OFMR director and was promoted because of his boot licking and brown nosing making a 6 figure salary.
If you want a job and a paycheck this is about it unless of course you join the "in crowd".
I could retire very comfortably if I could have all the money these people waste in one year.
When it snows they expect you to sleep on cots in the shop area with no privacy. They expect you to leave your family to shovel snow so they can say they are "open to the public". If you manage to get there it is up to you how you get home in a snow storm.
Some Training, A Job That Pays Regularly
Furloughs Due to Funding, Poor Management, No Concern For Employee's Opinion