I work in a pretty nontraditional role at the agency (in fact, I don't think I've seen any reviews from people in my position), so my view is pretty unique. BVS actually has a generous PTO package (even with some recent cuts) and exceptional insurance, with free dental. My immediate supervisor was amazing, but as with most positions upper management tended to be out of touch with the realistic demands on the position. I have heard tales of robust politics in the agency, but haven't experienced any. I do know that opportunities for advancement for me were non-existant. The agency is in financial dire straights due to prior financial mismanagement and there have been at least two rounds of layoffs that I know of. My position is pretty secure, as far as I know, because we're a significant money maker for the agency, but a lot of long time people lost their jobs. Turnover in many departments is enormous and there is a lot of discontent.
Typical out of touch upper management, zero real opportunity for advancement