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Georgia Department of Natural Resources Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
13 Reviews

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner of Natural Resources Mark Williams
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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Very Friendly Manager and coworkers

    Cons

    Benefits are not upto the industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay scale should be made a little higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    State Government is not a good place these days and times.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good annual leave and sick leave.

    Cons

    This is a state government job. Pay below average, used to have good benefits, but those are gone now. Budget cuts may raises rare, every time someone quits they just divide the work up between the people that are still there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent start of career for EL.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interpretive Park Ranger  in  Crawfordville, GA
    Former Employee - Interpretive Park Ranger in Crawfordville, GA

    Pros

    Laid back work environment for E.L.

    Cons

    Low pay, low hours, internal conflicts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain state parks need serious inspection and policy updates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    stagnent positions

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    Current Employee - Environmental Compliance Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Environmental Compliance Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place if you really need a job

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    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Little 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Steady, reliable, but no advancing

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Generalist  in  Albany, GA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Generalist in Albany, GA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Little to no advancements or promotions, employee moral is low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Management needs to be either trained or purged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Quality Technician  in  Brunswick, GA
    Former Employee - Environmental Quality Technician in Brunswick, GA

    Pros

    Usually 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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work.

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    Current Employee - Scientist III  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Salaries are capped low. Pne with ambitioneople in general are inept. I would not recommend for anyo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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