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US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
212 Reviews
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US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General & Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work-life balance with global opportunities (in 15 reviews)

  • Great place to work, great benefits for continuing your education, (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Not paid as much as private sector, Promotions are limited due to minimal vacant upper level positions (in 8 reviews)

  • number of negative people, caused by slow bureaucratic red tape (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are young and motivated look for something else. I am on my way out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    can make a difference on the ground
    Paid well

    Cons

    Dusty, bogged down in regulations, & a tired mindset
    Organization as a whole is very unsupportive.
    Green suits are in management roles 2-3 years. This means that goals are constantly changing.
    If you have a mind of your own you will get weeded out.
    Any potential suggestions on money saving or efficiencies will not be done, and in fact the opposite is usually the approved approach.
    VERY POLITICAL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of a better way to manage. The old system is broken. Do more to support and listen to your staff, no excuses.
    Make some effort to create efficiencies for your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I did nothing. All day. Nothing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to sit in a cubicle with access to Facebook and YouTube. It impossible for them to fire anyone. Flex time, time off, salary and health benefits are great.

    Cons

    My self value took a hit. In five years, I completed about a months of productivity. I was so board. The training sucked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us work or lay us off.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Civil Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Simple projects/tasks (easy to execute, leaving a lot of down time), flexible work schedules, generous leave program,

    Cons

    Good Old Boy Network still prevalent, lack of diversity, lacking in technical capabilities (Engineering/ IT) resulting in inferior work products, minimal promotion opportunities (people will not retire or retire and are hired as annuitant; no efforts from leadership to change the situation), no interest to retain talent, offices located in undesirable locations, no cross competency training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace middle/upper management, stay current and actually implement new technologies, focus on engineering execution and less on administration, hire talent from ranked universities, actually focus on the client and provide a product they want

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Unprofessional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Realty Specialist
    Current Employee - Realty Specialist

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Most people are unprofessional. Lazy. Don't care that they are using taxpayer dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut 50% of workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a "disabled veteran friendly" company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Great experience
    Very social group of coworkers

    Cons

    If you are a disabled vet and have been hired by the corps, do not go to your Va appointments or treat your disability.... You will be fired! They will say you are not fit for duty even though you were hired with a disability. -that is all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn labor laws, listen to your employees and get off your high horse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Technician in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Technician in Concord, MA

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very easy monotonous work, good internship for a freshman or sophomore looking to get their foot in the door for experience in their field of study

    Cons

    Really difficult to get anything done. Some people are willing to help you and point you in the right direction while most others just play games with you. Some of the contractors under the government programs are terrible to deal with. People who dont do much are usually the ones promoted because management is in fear of losing their jobs to someone smarter than them. Some employees are treated very well while others are not. Overall, a very unprofessional place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing instead of hiding it or forcing it off on someone else. Treat those employees that want to work

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Civilian Agency run by Military Officers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Realty Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Realty Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only real pro is collecting a pay check.

    Cons

    Organizational Structure is Flawed, and Management is "Good ol Boy Club".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers, lay off the thick layers of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run Fast and far away from this employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    None, There was absoultey nothing positive to say about my experience with this organization. They pulled the chair out for me, pushed it in and left me.

    Cons

    It started when they didn't even interview me, just called and offered me the job. I come to find out the person who had it before me lasted one day then returned to their duty station. Horrible managment, no sharing of information, lack of communication, employees like to keep their information to themselves so it makes them feel more valuable. The HTRW Team was the absolute WORST team to be on. People were rude, arrogant, pompous, unwilling to assist you, they thought they were better than everyone else, that will stab you in the back in a heartbeat, wouldn't lift a hand to teach or train. The Contract Specialists thought they were to good to do anything else and didn't have time for lower grade employees no matter what it was and mangement back them. This was the worst employment experience I have ever had and would never ever apply or even consider working for this organization again. There is no employee recognition of lower grade employees so if you want to be awarded or recognized forget it. If you come in at a lower grade forget about moving up there is no opportunity. If you are considering applying to this employer run fast and far away. Take your skills and education somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that anyone who is new gets trained, share information, teach new employees the contracting process, assign them a true mentor who is willing and competent to train and share what they know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst decision I have ever made in my life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Pros

    The benefits with working for Corps are alright. There are plenty of retirement packages available. Medical benefits are great. You get the opportunity to work overtime and earn extra money. You get the opportunity to see things happen on the field.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are far more downsides that come to mind than upsides. Prepare to receive a salary that is much lower than the norm for any other electrical engineer working in the private industry. Also, depending on where you work, you will not be given the role you would think. Avoid working in the construction business unless it's doing some design work. Apart from that, you'll be stuck in an office thumbing through code books all day. Yuck. It's even worse when your coworkers don't even know what electrical engineers do! The workers in area offices generally have crappy attitudes -- especially when politics are the topic for discussion. The admins are mostly complete wackos who always have chips on their shoulders and never want to help you. It's just not a fun environment at all. Since I started working here years ago, I have learned absolutely nothing beneficial to my development as an EE. Look, my advice to an EE coming out of college looking for a job within the Corps is to stay away. You'll be better off in the private sector. Run and don't turn back!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice I could give to management that they would even try to consider. it's pointless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    USACE is a bureaucratic nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Pros

    The best thing about the corps is the amount of leave available. If you are former military advancement is almost a given.

    Cons

    People are given supervisor positions based solely on time served and not by any professional experience. Being a registered professional engineer does not matter in the corps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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