Environmental Protection Agency

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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
155 Reviews
3.5
155 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.  

    So much depends upon your program's management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating colleagues-the opportunity to work with some of the best minds and most committed people in government -and to meet people from universities and the Agency's research labs who on the cutting edge of their fields. The opportunity to make genuine difference in the world, either at the local, state, or national -or even global level..Opportunity for advancement and recognition, if you can perform -or if you have the right mentor (but see cons). When management has worked with staff to identify clear objectives and is focused on attaining them, the work can be extremely satisfying and effective in protecting the environment and human health (but again, see cons).

    Cons

    Leadership can vary. I worked under a Regional Administrator who inspired faith and dedication, was utterly unafraid to speak truth to power (was key in removing the Agency's Administrator under Reagan), and would give any employee a respectful audience. He was replaced by a self-serving organization-climber, who hired and promoted people with the same mindset. Sometimes positions in top management slot go empty for years at a time due to Washington politics, leaving a void filled by sometimes capable second-level managers and sometimes with incompetent ones at or beyond their Peter Principle levels, who can misdirect entire programs with long-lasting detriment. Other frustrations derive from the Presidential Administrations and some in Congress, varying from funding uncertainties to efforts to either shut down programs or use the system to tie the hands of the employees. Some managers build little fiefdoms and surround themselves with a few loyal toadies for mutual self-aggrandizement, and let otherwise dedicated employees wither on the vine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the pros and cons above. Management (it's top down) can get more wrapped up in employing the trendy "management approach of the month" leading to shifting organizational structures. The staff has to "rubber suit" its work to make it look like it fits while trying to get the job done. Again, this all depends upon the senior management in place at a given time. Some supervisors build little fiefdoms and surround themselves with a few loyal toadies for mutual self-aggrandizement, and let otherwise dedicated employees wither on the vine while they try to insinuate themselves in SES roles instead of working with their grunts and interceding with other supervisors and programs when necessary to clear roadblocks to getting the job done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Computer Systems Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse environment where contract positions offered opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Never knowing if you position is secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to use your budget to your advantage keeping technology relevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great for work-life balance--terrible professional environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enforcement
    Current Employee - Enforcement

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance, Good Salary to Responsibility for staff level positions,

    Cons

    Senior Managers treat staff like children; If you are not in the Senior Managers clique, you will not get promoted. Senior managers shy away from conflict. Senior managers manage situations not people. Most senior managers and senior supervisors have very little back bone; They care more about themselves than the mission or their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time in the private sector where accountability is practiced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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

  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    best place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    personal growth
    great culture
    awesome benefits
    stability at work
    good exposure
    great leadership building opportunity

    Cons

    red tape
    lot of paperwork
    taxes are high

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent learning experience in an exciting environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working in the heart of Washington, D.C. in an executive branch agency is something everyone should try if they have the chance. The projects have a real impact on people and businesses around the nation.

    Cons

    None really, especially as an intern. Excellent learning experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Just an OK place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    15 year vet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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