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A good place to work for people who like to pretend to accomplish goals.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

The federal government has pretty good benefits, although new employees pay higher amounts into the pension program. In general the co-workers are good people and will make coming to work still worth the effort.

Cons

Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person. Typically they know little about the land they were hired to manage. Hence you will accomplish little other than trying to make their performance look good to their boss.

Advice to Management

Unfortunately, agency leadership will continue to promote those who tell a good story but actually accomplish very little. Most employees would be excited to work for a leader who knows forest management and actually enables active effective forest management.

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  1. Working for the forest service as a civil engineer can be very satisfying if the personnel and office culture is good.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities. You get to work in the outdoors and in the office.

    Cons

    The office culture can be oppressive with lots of back-biting and competition.


  2. An eye-opener!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Newtown Square, PA

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The office culture was great, lots of respect among colleagues, management took care of its subordinates.

    Cons

    It hard to say, not many cons, time-off was plenty, work-life balance was great--there was opportunity for telecom work and as long as you got 40 hrs in a week, it didn't matter what time you got to work and what time you left.


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