U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

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Horrible for most, great for some

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Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Denver, CO

I have been working at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Pros

Lots of time off. Most groups are flexible with work hours and telework.

Cons

Hard work is not rewarded. Management loves to stick people in positions below their capabilities. Severe favoritism - some people shoot up the ladder while most get left behind. Federal Tuition Reimbursement Program is said to be available, but no one ever receives it. Have to be here 20+ years to have any say in how things are run.

Doesn't Recommend

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    A solid employer for hard economic times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

    Pros

    Having a stable position with good benefits.
    Supportive of continuing education.
    Family-like atmosphere among the "worker bees".
    Co-workers generally friendly enough.
    Has federal employees union available.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive to area in my job;
    Can be frustrating going through all the red tape to accomplish something.
    The GS pay system is not adequate for some of the positions, may not offer compensation for experience unless it is in the federal system. Compensation and awards pretty much the same whether an employee shows initiative or not.
    Supervisors may be people who have been in the system a long time rather than most qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that "traditional women's jobs" are not being underpaid.
    Seek out opportunities to interact with the rank and file employees.

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    A good place to work, if you are an engineer/technical person

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Willows, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Willows, CA

    I have been working at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is never a dull moment working at a water agency in CA. Plenty of work for engineers, especially Civil Engineers. Most all higher up managers are engineers so there is upward mobility for engineers. Good benefits and paid holidays. The work is challenging and there is always something new to learn.

    Cons

    It's the government, so there are things you have to deal with that involve a lot of red tape and regulation. It can be quite ridiculous and frustrating to deal with. Also, it seems there are two types of employees at Reclamation; those who are excellent and motivated, and those that are the complete opposite. The lazy ones are deserving of the typical "government worker" stereotype. Most are good, but the few bad ones can really cause headaches.

    At my particular office, they are not at all good at communicating expectations. You are handed work, and expected to figure it out with no guidance, mentors, or training. Training is too general to be useful. It's sink or swim at Reclamation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide useful training for your employees, not just training you are required to provide as CYA for the government. Clearly communicated the expectations you have of your employees.

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    Neutral Outlook
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