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    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than 8 years)

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    Pros

    Good work life balance, good job security, easy to transfer between departments, good opportunity for advancement. Good flex program and telework options.

    Cons

    Cubicle and bullpen life can get dull. Many career government employees have no interest in innovating, changing with technology, or embracing new ways of doing business. Almost impossible to fire somebody. AFGE is a terrible union to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who preform best.


US Agricultural Research Service Interviews

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    Post Doc, Biofuels Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wyndmoor, PA
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    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service (Wyndmoor, PA).

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with common behavioral questions. Fast follow up for an on-site interview and eventually an offer. The on-site was shorter than what you would expect for a bigger company. Typically for a larger company, the interview process is 2 days, but this position required a 1 day interview that ended at 3 PM. Overall a positive experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked technical questions on their reactor setup.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I was looking for permanent placement, but this particular position didn't lead to something permament.

US Agricultural Research Service Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities -- Top 25 Government Agencies , DiversityBusiness.com, 2012
Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large) , Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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Website www.ars.usda.gov
Headquarters Washington DC, MD
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1852
Type Government
Industry Government
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