Food Inspector (Former Employee) – Hickory, KY – November 13, 2018
You will not officially be in the union until after 1 year of service. If there are any issues you will not really receive assistance unless you are in the union. Vacation/Personal time is available upon hire but if you use it before the end of the 1 year probationary period you will be fired for it.
Management Analyst (Current Employee) – Washington DC – November 11, 2018
I have worked at USDA for 40 years and have always had good supervisors who looked out for my personal career growth. USDA has improved the culture over the past years and allows for work life balance that is conducive to the employees.
Recreation Technician GS-04 (Former Employee) – Lakewood, WI – November 6, 2018
I loved everything about the position with USDA FS, except the management. My position worked with overseeing the campgrounds and recreation areas. I enjoyed the day-to-day tasks and special projects by my supervisor would purposefully not tell us how to do something so she could come and save the day in front of her supervisor. Throwing us under the bus.
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) – Rosslyn, VA 22209 – October 31, 2018
This is a great agency to work for. This company takes the time to train employees on each specific job that you have. The Agency is very welcoming and serves its purpose to the Unites States Federal government prospective.
USDA Federal Food Safety Meat Inspector (Former Employee) – Grand Island, NE – October 29, 2018
Fast paced line work lifting turning observing all work stations an insuring employees an supervisors follow all sanitaion procedures ,while performing inspection duties that meat product is free from contamintion an diaseses , abnormalites and approved for human consumption. Diverse work culture, company management needs to be more involved an know how to manage correctly. Enjoyable co-workers who work as a team.
Management Program Analyst (Former Employee) – Alice, TX – October 23, 2018
This is a good place to work if you can handle change and diversity. One rule does not apply to the entire State. You need to be able to read and decipher rules and regulations and have good communications skills in person, via correspondence and by phone.
Good work hours and benefits
Required trainings before final regulations are finalized.
Secretary (Former Employee) – Glen Ellyn, IL – October 22, 2018
This agency was in charge of making sure food was safe and that packaging was reliable. The people who worked here and management were meticulous in making sure that good quality food was made for our military and others
Statistical Assistant (Former Employee) – Harrisburg, PA – October 22, 2018
I would recommend that agency to anyone that was interested in working for the government. I had enjoyed opening and distributing the mail. I also enjoyed keeping the data base up to date tor 11 states.
Accountant (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – October 20, 2018
This was the worst place I ever worked. Management was horrible, employees were treated subhuman, one employee even took her own life and related it to job harassment.
You are overworked and seldom rewarded and almost never appreciated. Management is petty and mean spirited. Bullying and mistreatment by management is the norm. When you are interviewed they will promise you so much but after hiring you will receive nothing you were promised in the interview.
If you value your mental health do not work here. It was a truly traumatizing experience.
You are treated like trash, ridiculously overworked and underpaid.
Typical day was different than the day before. I learned how to communicate technical responsibilities to teams, scientists, and upper level management on a consistent basis. I learned what employees were looking for to keep motivated. I learned and instructed team to learn four different geospatial software programs. Managed by soil scientists for delivery of digital databases for on-line distribution. Hired employees who were usually at work, but back to college within 6 months. Hardest part of job was keeping up with the sort of ebb and flow of workload capacity needed to achieve production goals. Most enjoyable were certification activities, communications, meetings with other groups for quality control processes, and technical involvement in yearly production goals.
Engaging, challenging, rewarding and beyond anything I ever expected in terms of a job
Too much to do at times. Equipment was old, and work areas were sufficient but very old.
Agricultural Commodity Grader (Former Employee) – Covina, CA – October 18, 2018
It's a federal government job, so nothing is ever hidden pay wise. You know how much you and everyone else gets paid. The job can be stressful due to loads of work coming in and not enough people for it. There is lot of overtime and mandatory weekend overtime when behind on work. Depending on the work load, getting time off seems impossible. You never could make far out plans for vacation due to unpredictable work coming in. You can only ask from time off close to the time you want off. Work can be either fun and fulfilling or long and dragging with no work life balance. You can be sent on a TDA for more than 3 months at a time.
Meat Inspector (Former Employee) – Decatur, GA – October 17, 2018
a typical a day started with what is called 2 ( pre-op) check and that is to inspect all the equipment that was supposed to be cleaned from the shift before. Needless to say if you put a tag on a certain piece of equipment that meant it had to be cleaned again. If you tagged several pieces of equipment which meant it took valueable processing time aay from production the owners would give you all kinds of grief, which was the worst part of the entire job.