Environmental Protection Agency

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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
140 Reviews
3.5
140 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Relentless pressure, political exposure and micromanagement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    On-Scene Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    EPA Region 1

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Of 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    As 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Contract 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 ManagementAdvice

    Contract 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work for work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency

    Pros

    Great work life balance, and wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to get promoted if you've been there for less than 10 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full Time Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Full Time Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Government 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.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening to staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    On the right side of environmental and global health issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    Within the budget and other resource restrictions, staff needs training and appreciation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Federal Client - Lives upto its name

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peoplesoft Technical Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Peoplesoft Technical Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish Procedure to make Remote Access smpler for Contractors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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