National Park Service

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Can be a dream job

Current Employee - Project Manager
Current Employee - Project Manager

I have been working at National Park Service full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

- Get to work in beautiful places
- Work with like minded individuals
- Pay/Benefits are okay

Cons

- Bureaucratic Agency
- Veteran's Preference when hiring
- Difficult to move up
- Inefficient organization

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allocation of training funds are typically geared towards employees that have been there a long time. I understand the seniority reasoning, but younger employees are not being prepared for future opportunities in the NPS.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best people, organization, and management I have worked with in my career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Park Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission. People. Once you become part of the family, you can never get out... even if you try.

    Who doesn't like the National Parks?

    Cons

    If you are a thought leader, expect resistance from the entrenched old timers. The culture of the organization resists change, and that is likely for good reason being that they employ people in the business of preservation...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize who is pulling the cart up the hill, who is sitting in the cart weighing it down, and who is doing nothing more than blocking it from making any progress at all. Give the pullers incentive, the sitters a reason to pull, and remove the blockers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resources are amazing but the paperwork and work methods are crushing.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work at some of the most amazing cultural and natural resources the United States has to offer. More importantly, it is the work to preserve them for the future AND the opportunity to link our visitors emotions and intellect to the resource that makes it all worthwhile.

    Cons

    After 25 years of Federal service, the methods by which we conduct business, especially along the lines of personnel, hiring, and procurement, are soul crushing. Agency regs and Federal law prevent a sane and productive methodology to processes of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not much senior mgmt can do unless they have the power to change agency policy and federal laws.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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