Environmental Protection Agency
3.6 of 5 130 reviews
www.epa.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 6, 2014
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3.6 130 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

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Gina McCarthy

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Friendly environment, however no support or leadership demonstrated from mentor assigned to guide you.

    Contract Specialist (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsClean Atmosphere
    Easy Commute
    Great Benefits
    Unlimited training

    ConsNo guidance
    No promotional potential from management
    No unity between African Americans and Caucasians

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everyone equally and evaluate them based on their performance not based on what is standard. If they perform above and beyond they should be rated that way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    EPA needs an overhaul.

    Environmental Protection Specialist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood for a transitional period if you want to try your luck to find a good mentor.

    ConsIt is a very phony work place where people know very little about environmental protection. The actual leg work goes to contractors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rely on the mouthpieces. Take a good look of what the staff actually do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractor

    Student Contractor (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Prosgood pay; interesting research; flexible hours

    Constoo much red tape; management was miserable and ineffective

    Advice to Senior Managementmove to private industry. you work too hard and with too much dedication to get caught up in administrative red tape.

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    This could and should be a great place to work, but too often it is not

    Attorney (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWell-positioned to effect positive environmental change; reasonable opportunity at staff level to move among different environmental media (air, water, etc.) and offices; Agency is well-supported by the Obama Administration; jobs tend to be very secure at staff level

    ConsProgress on issues can be slow due to huge number of in house stakeholders and concomitant number of meetings; senior managers have inordinate power to negatively affect careers with very little fear of recourse; many Congressional Republicans try to make it difficult for Agency to do its job through limiting funding and "oversight" activities

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be a formalized process for employees to provide feedback on their direct manager to manager's rating official -- nobody has a better sense of the quality of their leadership than the people being led. Senior managers are far too isolated from legitimate feedback, and should be required to submit to a "360 (i.e., peer, subordinate and superior) review" and be actually pay attention to the results

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe younger people who work here work hard, and are smart. In fact, many possess advanced degrees, and have a great work ethic.

    ConsThe management is unfair with how they treat employees. Many times, if you work extra hours, you will be questioned. Completely the opposite of private!

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey must start treating employees more fair. Extra work should not be given to those who work on their days off, but instead to those who are sleeping.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Can't wait for a new adminstration

    Environmental Protection Specialist (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEPA has an important mission and there are many exciting things going on in the environmental field right now, like climate change and green jobs. EPA has many competent staff level people who really care about the work they do. EPA has flexiplace (work at home) program and flex hours. EPA has a transit subsidy program. Good benefits, generally, altho dental benefits are not very good. Lots of opportunities to move around within the agency and get different experiences. Generally, very flexible on leave for personal reasons such as caring for a sick family member, and they have a leave bank program.

    ConsRight now at EPA there is a lack of management support of scientists within EPA. If you want to know more about this go to the Union of Concerned Scientists website and read the report they did on this topic. Sometimes it is difficult to make things happen within such a large agency where there is so much paperwork to make anything happen. In this administration, EPA is underfunded. There is a lack of sufficient funds for training, travel, awards, etc. It's really hard to do your job well when you are based in SF, but supposed to cover Nevada, Hawaii, AZ, CA and there's very little travel dollars.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be making better science-based decisions (vs. political decisions) utilizing the knowledge of the scientists within EPA. Need to focus on retaining the innovative, new staff in EPA who are frustrated by and not sufficiently challenged by the work given to them.

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    Ok place to work if you enjoy a cubicle.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat reputation for environmental protection. Decent pay, and benefits for a full-time position. Staff was friendly, professional, and overall a nice group.

    ConsStaff didn't have a clear idea of their needs. I was hired as an intern but given no real direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff didn't have a clear idea of their needs. I was hired as an intern but given no real direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe vision and mission to protect health and the environment for future generations.

    ConsSome EPA managers do not allow or limit telework. When interviewing ask the interviewer about his or her policy on telework. EPA office organizational cultures vary. Before accepting an EPA job get as much information as possible about morale, workforce development, supportive supervisor environment and overall reputation of the program office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview your EPA organization Civil Rights statistics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stuck at my job

    Bureaucrat (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits of health insurance and the ability to work from home

    ConsIncompetent useless and down right cruel management. Bosses who are no better than school yard bullies

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some classes on how to deal with people. Learn how to treat people with respect. Stop bullying

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    bad for non federal employee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable job for federal employee

    Consfor non federal employee, everything is disappointing. Low pay, limited stuff to learn and no benefits at all. Contractors, SEE people and interns do a lot for EPA, but they do not get what they deserve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the Contractors and SEE people better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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