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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 130 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

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Gina McCarthy

(15 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • great work-life balance, friendly people, decent pay, inter-agency collaborative environment(in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great work life balance, very easy going office culture(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Ridiculous (month-long) standard HR/background check red-tape for interns(in 9 reviews)

  • The salary bands are of course lower than the private sector and max out at the senior management level(in 5 reviews)

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    Decent place to work

    Program Analyst (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsI have autonomy and have the ability to help an array of people across the agency

    ConsI do not always feel challenged and the work can be monotonous.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great colleagues; great chance to do good things for the world's environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get to work on things that can enduringly improve public health and natural systems

    ConsRelentless pressure, political exposure and micromanagement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    On-Scene Coordinator

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy, Ability to make decisions, Tremendous amount of authority and responsibility.

    ConsConstant travel. Usually to rural areas with few amenities. Work involves working around hazardous materials...

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    EPA Region 1

    Environmental Protection Specialist (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsOf the ten EPA Regions, Region 1 has a reputation for hard work and innovation. This reputation is partly earned to the innovative nature of New England states, which also strive to craft new strategies for tackling environmental problems. Consequently, new environmental initiatives, tools and programs are born in New England with surprising frequency. The majority of Region 1 EPA staff are highly educated and share a mission-oriented view of their job, meaning that they work for more than the money, they want to make a difference in the world. Other pros include a family-friendly schedule that allows staff to come early and leave early or telecommute.

    ConsThe salary at EPA, while higher than nonprofit organizations, is less than those offered by private sector jobs. The federal government is also shrinking due to the ongoing Sequestration so it's very hard to get a job and even harder (practically impossible) to advance in the organization. More disconcerting, is the internal red-tape, slow pace of change, and increasing paralysis due to concerns of negative political attacks. Despite this, smart people working together do offer value to communities and businesses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs in any bureaucracy, public or private, management tend to treat staff as chess pieces. They don't have the time or incentives to "get to know staff" or help them grow. Nonetheless, I suggest that management consider that their most enduring legacy (certainly on a personal level) will be their ability to nurture staff through training opportunities, work details, mentor programs, and personal advice and guidance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture of back stabbing and bullying - more like a school yard than a professional work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis can be a fantastic place to conduct research if you are lucky enough to work with the right people

    ConsContract staff are treated like scum and live with the constant threat of being fired on the spot if they say or do anything wrong. If you work with the wrong people you face being shouted at and physically intimidated. Several senior members of staff certainly break the anti-discrimination laws. The behavior of these people is well known and yet management does nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContract staff need to treated with respect! Most feds sit in their offices all day while the contract staff do the research. In an ideal world, contract staff should be used for short term specific tasks and not employed for general research. Those contract staff that have been employed for more than a couple of years should be recruited as federal employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for work-life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work life balance, and wonderful benefits.

    ConsNot much opportunity to get promoted if you've been there for less than 10 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid place to work. Good benefits, great cause, smart/nice people.

    Full Time Intern (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsMeaningful work, and manageable workload. They afford a lot of responsibility to interns and newer employees, which is great.

    ConsGovernment bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace. Sometimes it's hard to get something if you need it right away... but you will eventually get it.

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    Great place to work

    Team Leader (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery friendly people
    Strong work life balance culture
    Dedicated group of people

    ConsLimited ability to move up in the organization without waiting several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListening to staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    On the right side of environmental and global health issues

    Environmental Scientist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsImportant work on important issues. Federal benefits, flexible schedules, telework options.

    ConsAt a certain level EVERYTHING is political. Projects lose funding. Congress turns on us. Always criticized by industry or nonprofits or Regional offices - sometimes ALL at the sametime!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWithin the budget and other resource restrictions, staff needs training and appreciation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Federal Client - Lives upto its name

    Peoplesoft Technical Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFlexibility of Client to work with Contractors.
    Allows Flexible Hours
    Excellent Management

    ConsDont have Option of Remote Work while on Projects.
    Very long Process of Security Clearence for Contractors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish Procedure to make Remote Access smpler for Contractors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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