Georgia Department of Natural Resources
2.8 of 5 10 reviews
www.gadnr.org Atlanta, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014

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60% Approve of the CEO

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner of Natural Resources Mark Williams

Mark Williams

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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stagnent positions

Environmental Compliance Specialist (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than 5 years

Prosflexible schedule, great benefits, work life balance, lots of paid time off (sick and personal)

Conspoor pay, no personal growth, no opportunity for pay raises, no overtime, no leadership

Advice to Senior Managementpromote within

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decent place if you really need a job

Clerk (Current Employee)

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources part-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible time off
Above minimum wage
Friendly coworkers
Free annual GA State ParkPass
Generally easy work

ConsLittle to no possibility of promotion
Little job stability (gov't cutbacks of state parks are prevalent)
Low pay for the workload
Work is generally tedious and rarely requires critical thought
Skeleton crews (generally stretched thin)
For clerks, they are unable to fully manipulate the reservations system as needed
Work most weekends and holidays

At my park specifically:
Park management is sexist
Angry customers are common year-round
Poor communication
Inconsistent training
Staff has a tendency towards racism behind closed doors

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter management of staff
Conduct yourselves more professionally among your employees
Create some kind of work incentive of either pay increase or possibility of promotion
To GADNR: give parks a slightly bigger hiring budget. 1-2 more people would help
Give your clerks more privileges within the reservation system to allow for less red tape

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

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Steady, reliable, but no advancing

Business Operations Generalist (Current Employee)
Albany, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than 8 years

ProsPaid time off, health insurance, work-family life balance

ConsLittle to no advancements or promotions, employee moral is low

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

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The work is great but workers are not appreciated or utilized in the best manner.

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking with natural resources and people who care about them.
Generous leave and holidays.
Providing good experiences and services for the public (customers).

ConsLow pay. Benefits get cut or reduced almost every year. Very few opportunities for advancement, which seems to be a deliberate tactic of management in order to keep salaries low.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people and allow them to develop their skills fully. Don't be afraid to reward people for good performance and get rid of the ones who don't perform. This organization would be better off with fewer people who are paid and compensated better, and better trained.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management needs to be either trained or purged

Environmental Quality Technician (Former Employee)
Brunswick, GA

I worked at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than a year

ProsUsually a low stress job
Offers an opportunity to work at sites not available to the public
Could be a great place to work if you are committed to conservation, fisheries, or wildlife

ConsLow pay compared to equivalent positions in private industry
Benefits are not what they used to be
Low Morale is typical
Little chance for advancement without a pHD
A lot of in-house backstabbing and squabbling
Managers usually are unsuited for managment positions; they fail to provide leadership, favoritism and cronyism is rampant.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide training for managers or make sure a person you place in a management position is qualified and capable of being a leader. Remove him/her if they do not perform!

Cronyism and favoritism should not be tolerated.

Listen to concerns from subordinates, they are usually valid.

Provide realistic goals and opportunities for employee's to advance...recognize the individual talents and potential of all employess and use their skills where they best fit your needs.

Treat ALL employee's with RESPECT! My supervisor did not and HE is the reason I quit. It was YOUR loss.

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

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Not the best place to work.

Scientist III (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLow Stress and not a lot of pressure to perform. No background check or drug screen. Management is easy to fool.

ConsNo room for advancement. Salaries are capped low. Pne with ambitioneople in general are inept. I would not recommend for anyo

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is an ok place to work, but it sure isn't what it used to be.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources full-time for more than 10 years

Pros- A mission you can believe in.
- Coworkers are generally nice and supportive.
- Hours can be flexible and favorable.
- Good amounts of vacation and holidays.

Cons- Pay is WAY below market value for almost every job class.
- State benefits are not nearly what they used to be.
- (For someone hired now) State pension is almost completely eliminated.
- State budgets are bad, so workload is can be very large depending on job.
- Management seems a lot less interested, almost indifferent, about retaining good staff.
- Moral is somewhat low mostly because of pay, budgets, and workload.

Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on weeding out the dead wood and rewarding the performers. If you do that, I truly believe moral and productivity would go up and personnel costs would overall go down.

Hold all levels of management accountable.

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

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A workplace dedicated to maintaing a healthy and sustainable environment for the state.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Georgia Department of Natural Resources

ProsPersonal satisfaction from the services that are provided to the citizens of the state. Flexible work hours and a great mix of office and field work.

ConsLower payscale. Lack of career advancement opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to maintain a lower number of employees but pay them more. Pursue the further development of technical career paths.

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Some good points, some bad points

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Georgia Department of Natural Resources

ProsFlexibility in work schedule
Most people are nice
Sense of camaraderie
Job isn't stressful
Lots of vacation

ConsNo bonus
Some really bad managers
Lack of support if you are a manager
Engineers get paid more than scientists for doing the exact same job

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to motivate your best employees by training opportunities and promotions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I was an intern

Intern (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Pros- Seemed very casual
- People are very friendly and helpful to interns

Cons- Work environment is dark and depressing
- Alot of gossip surprisingly

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