US Agricultural Research Service

  www.ars.usda.gov
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a good place to work

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Corvallis, OR
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Corvallis, OR

I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service (more than an year)

Pros

good benefits and salary, a very well organized and structured place

Cons

job demands long hours, opportunities for recognition/compensation of extra hours of work are low

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A very typical government employer, I've heard of better places.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Supervisory Technical Information Specialist in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Supervisory Technical Information Specialist in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security. Flexible work tours. Telework permissible for some people.

    Cons

    Some people do really well. Some don't.
    No pay increase for 3 consecutive years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    NRCS is a good place if you are willing to move around or if you are hired where you want to live.

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    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist in Salisbury, MD
    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist in Salisbury, MD

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're in a field office then you have a nice combination of field and office work. Also in the field office work stress is lower and the environment is more layed back. If you are in a state office or headquarters the pros are generally higher salaries, more support staff, and proximity to urban centers and the ammenities that come with that. (althought I am not state or hq so this is an outsiders view)

    Cons

    The cons for being in a field office is that you don't as much field/technical experience as the as advertised and expected. Many field employees are stuck contracting behind a computer not giving technical assistance to farmers. The cons of state and headquarters are more stressful work environments due to inner office politics, political pressures, and output demands from higher ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either higher more staff or reduce goals. There are currently not enough field staff to accomplish the many conservation goals headquarters has placed upon states (especially states with critical watersheds).

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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