Environmental Protection Agency

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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
150 Reviews
3.3
150 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great Work-Life Balance, Good Salary to Responsibility for staff level positions, (in 23 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance with compressed schedules and work from home (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Ridiculous (month-long) standard HR/background check red-tape for interns (in 10 reviews)

  • I've seen a lot of people struggle to stay and to get out (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency

    Pros

    excellent fun good place to work

    Cons

    contract not a full time position

  2.  

    The people are fine, the data are good, but necessary infrastructures aren't there & logistics kept getting in the way.

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    Current Employee - Student Service Contractor in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Student Service Contractor in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were some of the most creative and constructive bunch. People had different skill sets and perspectives, and actually connected them together to get a lot of good idea realized as great ideas. This was a good place to learn, develop, and mature as a scientist of the regulatory and academic sort.

    Cons

    There was a lot of politics going around, and the human resource component was failing. There was no protection for the contractors. We were at the mercy of multi-step approval processes for everything and last to be informed of any mishaps or problems e.g., payroll delays, contract renewals, and security issues. The indoor air has serious quality issues too. Speaking of which, work space migrations and new network security policies were a nuisance and poorly implemented. This place doesn't have any room for personal growth, benefits, or perks for contractors unless you become a federal FTE (these opportunities are few and far between). I've seen a lot of people struggle to stay and to get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be serious and have conversations about exit strategies with your contractors and subordinates. It's true that working at the EPA could open doors, but you need to make sure that these many obstacles stop getting in the way. They're such a nuisance, and get in the way of achieving that end-goal!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Run Like a Mom and Pop shop....too much distractions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency

    Pros

    Its a government agency so it wont disappear in thin air

    Cons

    Lack of control over personnel, HR was a joke and didn't care about the company as a whole. Government shutdowns... no bueno

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have rule, policy, and procedures and stick to them. Enough with under the table type deals.

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  5.  

    Just an OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Information Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Management Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, location, benefits, great for introverts, work life-balance

    Cons

    Minimal professional development, inefficient and out of touch business models, old-school bureaucratic hierarchy breeds cliques and favoritism, a shockingly low amount of oversight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to foster innovation, get rid of the entrenched mentalities about the way things have been done, use modern tools and analytics to tighten the control on the staggering amount of waste and promote efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Student Service Contractor

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Contractor in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible time, nice people, good work-life balance, national impact projects

    Cons

    not support H1B for foreigner, no insurance package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need time and experience to get promotion

    Recommends
  7.  

    15 year vet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    easy work, work life balance, benefits, stability in your job, doing something for the community and public service, holidays and compress days flex schedule

    Cons

    lack of moblity since bad managers dont get fired, there is no profits so they don't care about saving costs, ideas do not get taken seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start out, bad place to end.

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place for students and interns. Perfect if you want a family and require time off.

    Cons

    If you want to grow EPA isn't the place. Nepotism is at its worst here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency

    Pros

    Great benefits and work hours. Can work from home a lot of the times.

    Cons

    Resource constraints from the federal budget leaving environmental programs underfunded

  10.  

    Mixed bag working at EPA for 32 years plus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make a difference in environmental health and focus on better environments for kids.

    Cons

    Nepotism abounds. Education and experience really don't count when looking for promotional opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accountability!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency

    Pros

    The people are awesome
    Meaningful work

    Cons

    You don't see where all your work is going
    Frustrating bureaucracy

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