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It Could be Such a Nice Place to Work, But...

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Former Employee - Scientist (Support) in Fort Pierce, FL
Former Employee - Scientist (Support) in Fort Pierce, FL

I worked at US Agricultural Research Service

Pros

Employment with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA offers the opportunity to work on research that should help American agriculture, but he cons out weigh this pro.

Cons

The psuedo-academic work environment of the ARS is militaristically mismanaged by incompetent upper management at all levels that got their jobs heavily based on "good ole boy" politics rather than research competence in their field and proven superior supervisory skills. The incompetence is evident in all aspects of the organization from the administration, to the research, to the supervision, and to the science. Even though some exemplary individuals try to excel, the over all incompetence of the organization drags these individuals down and foments job dissatisfaction and low moral. The so called Peter Principal is alive and well at the ARS. The motivation of the support staff is stifled by archaic supervisory methods and out-date management philosophies. Most professional people who actually retire from the ARS are very disillusioned, they are angry from their decades of mistreatment by the incompetent administration, and they want nothing to do with organization. If one is a professional scientist looking for a challenging and rewarding career, the best choice in the public sector might be with the universities, not with the ARS.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break the oligarchic to near dictatorial control of the area offices; Allow support staff to publish research with the scientists, especially when the idea, the research, and the writing belongs to the support staff; revamp the hiring practices of the scientific administration to banish the good ole boy political hiring; More closely involve farmers and stake holders in the hiring and research process so that the American public is getting the value it deserves.

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  1. Not pleased with organizational communications

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    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    Atmosphere is not conducive to productivity, management has trouble communicating vision to employees, management doesn't implement planning initiatives to meet goals and objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategic plan and communicate it across the board.

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  2. typical office work

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    Very flexible, especially with students. accommodating to work and school exams. salary significantly higher than on campus positions. the work allows for experience within a typical, albeit, government setting. nice and caring people, who vary in motivation and objectives although the overall environment is very relaxed. managers understand students' own goals and help achieve them in anyway possible acknowledging the position is temporary and at the discretion of the student. lots of down and personal time in between projects which allows for a very satisfactory fit especially with busy students.

    Cons

    rigid, sometimes boring. not very many responsibilities but it is to be expected.

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