US Department of Agriculture Employee Reviews

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Great place to work
Supervisory, Human Resources Specialist, Workers (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 16, 2019
Helps all employees have a deep appreciation of the higher purpose of the Forest Service. Creates a safe, rewarding and resilient work environment where all people are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect and is free from all forms of harassment and unwanted behaviors.
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job corps
Safety Manager (Former Employee) –  Collbran, CO 81624January 16, 2019
Service Job Corps safety and occupational health program on safety related issues outside the area of expertise. Performs or assists with inspections of Center
facilities and work sites to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for training facilities to include environmental health inspections. Assists in the planning
process for all proposed Work-Based Learning and vocational training sites by visually surveying the worksite for potential hazards prior to site approval. Discusses
safety and health requirements with potential employer(s). Provides necessary inspection documentation to appropriate Center staff. Monitors the project(s) during
the course of the construction to ensure compliance with applicable safety related standards. Documents results of inspections and recommends corrective action to
Center Director and Work Programs Officer where noncompliance is identified. Prepares Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for Center facilities, work projects and Center
activities. Determines and recommends the need for protective clothing, scaffolding, respiratory protection, protection from bloodborne pathogens, and other areas
governed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), DOL/Job Corps, and Forest Service regulations, policies.
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none
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wast of money
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Good place to work
Agricultural Statistician (Former Employee) –  Polk County, IAJanuary 16, 2019
Great pay, great benefits, fun work. If I had to do it all over again, I would. Sometimes you might not get the perfect manager, but that's something that can happen at any organization
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Good Job
Collection and Tax Line Supervisor (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJanuary 16, 2019
Good place to work overall but it is the government and shut downs do happen and will not know when they will be over. I would suggest to have money put away to carry you through those times.
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Accountability
HR Specialist (Current Employee) –  New Orleans, LAJanuary 16, 2019
There needs to be accountability for everyone including management. There are many people that are very competent in performing their job, but there are far too many that are not held accountable.
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Great Place to Work
Information Technology Specialist GS 12/13 (Current Employee) –  New Bern, NCJanuary 16, 2019
I have no complaints about the USDA as they provide me the freedom to work and grow within the organization. Great environment and many Management opportunities were given over project.
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work Life Balance
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N/a
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Great Work, Poor Management
Senior Management Analyst (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 15, 2019
A lot of great work to serve the people. Easy to make a national impact. Unfortunately, you are treated as a pawn in political issues. Better off working as a contractor for USDA or any federal agency.
Pros
Brand recognition.
Cons
Everything.
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Poor leadership and overall moral was negative
County Program Technician (Current Employee) –  Lonoke, ARJanuary 15, 2019
There is no training for new employees therefore its hard to learn. Asking questions and taking initiative will help you learn. Overall moral and environment is not the best. Needs more structure and less rules.
Pros
Compensation and benefits
Cons
Long hours, negative coworkers, not much leave
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Focused on mission
Acting Chief Enterprise Officer (Detail) (Current Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJanuary 15, 2019
At USDA, the mission drives the department. Goals and metrics are established around the mission. The best part of the job is that others rely on the services my organization provides and that gives me a lot of satisfaction.
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Good place to develop skills
Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (Current Employee) –  Bealeton, VAJanuary 15, 2019
Working in USDA-FSIS can provide anyone willing to undergo training in a diverse array of management and analytical skills. It is not always glamorous and exciting, and waste does occur, but it does give employees an exceedingly generous package of benefits.
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Over all good
Cyber Security Architect (Current Employee) –  DC - District of Columbia, DCJanuary 15, 2019
Its good to work at USDA. You get to learn and research a lot and get equal opportunity to present and implement. The work culture is no different from other federal offices.
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Educational
Program Technician (Former Employee) –  Marshall, MIJanuary 14, 2019
This job left me with a lot of useful knowledge to take with me for the future. It was the perfect summer job for me to learn different routes in my career!
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Personal experience will vary
Forestry Technician (Former Employee) –  Macdoel, CAJanuary 13, 2019
I worked for the USFS. More specifically I worked for what is called (but not known for) the Enterprise program. The job that I worked at is unlike most. It relies on the ability of each employee to travel anywhere in the U.S. at anytime. You will almost never work near your home. Work schedules are usually 15 days on straight followed by 6 days off. You work an average of 110 hours per pay period (2 weeks). Travel costs are comped, and per diem is provided as well. Most of the work my position was responsible for would be considered timber sale preparation. It's not a bad job at all. I have learned more at this job than any other colleague I am acquainted with in this profession that hasn't worked for Enterprise just from shear exposure. The biggest downside is that once you start a family you will not be around to see you children grow. Perfect job for those who are single or not tied down in anyway.
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Typical Federal Land Management Agency
Forest Ecologist/Botany Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Boise, IDJanuary 12, 2019
It is a federal land management agency required to meet congressional mandates with increasingly limited budgets and fewer personnel to complete assigned work.
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Good place to work directly with farmers
County Executive Director (Current Employee) –  Newton, ILJanuary 12, 2019
A typical day in our office would consist of working with 15-80 different farmers applying or submitting documents in any of the 3 principle programs we offer.
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Overall good place to work
Consumer Safety Inspector (Current Employee) –  Marshville, NCJanuary 11, 2019
Typical day was interesting. However, management was unskilled and uncoordinated. Union intervention was a necessity at times. Hardest part of job was interpersonal communication. The enjoyable moments were performing the sanitation inspections.
Pros
Job security
Cons
Mananagement shortcoming
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Nutritionist GS-0630 (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJanuary 11, 2019
Work days vary greatly. It is important to be organized and mindful of deadlines and project timelines. You will have the opportunity to travel and present at national conferences. It is a great experience and allows you to obtain skills in a variety of areas.
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Good Working Environment
Financial and Loan Business Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 10, 2019
Nice place to work, a lot of meeting, great coworkers, great training program, deal with internal and external customers, train junior analysts, and analyze financial statements.
Pros
Ability to Grow
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Ambiente de trabajo excelente
Biological Science Aid (Current Employee) –  Puerto RicoJanuary 10, 2019
Buen trato entre empleados y administradores, excelente ambiente laboral.
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Training is GREAT
Equal Opportunity Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 10, 2019
Productive and fun with my co-workers in staff meetings.
Learning from each other
Management not always available
Culture is great
Hardest thing is not knowing what to do with your work
I just enjoy helping others.
Pros
Working with co-workers
Cons
Meetings too boring
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