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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Great place to work?..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Forecaster
    Current Employee - Forecaster

    I have been working at NWS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good....especially in field offices. Employment is stable for the most part. Work environment can be poor depending on certain line offices and management/coworkers

    Cons

    Not always acknowledging of employee educational milestones and other accomplishments
    Very bureaucratic and sometimes inflexible
    Must be in the good ol boy network to advance significantly
    Rotating shifts can be challenging.
    Disconnect between field offices and headquarters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider those in the field.... Make things more efficient

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NWS

    Pros

    Stable environment, don't have to worry about competing companies

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions the "good ol' boy" network is extremely prevalent throughout the government

  3.  

    Awesome job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Student Meteorologist in Albany, NY
    Former Intern - Student Meteorologist in Albany, NY

    I worked at NWS as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and exciting work.

    Cons

    Shift work can be tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    bene

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NWS

    Pros

    great benefits, time off gets better as time goes

    Cons

    none yet that I have noticed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Left for work with purpose.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Meteorologist
    Former Employee - Meteorologist

    I worked at NWS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great government benefits, job security.
    Organization is committed to develop leaders and is equipped to train subject experts better than anyone else.
    "Flexible" and family friendly schedule in that you can do much more in the long run (if you plan ahead) when you are on rotating shifts than when you work 9-5 daily.

    Cons

    Rotating shiftwork is very physically demanding, and you have little left over for those you love.
    The unwritten rules state you must come to work when sick, unless you are quite literally in the hospital. It's understandable since someone has to cover your (perhaps overnight) shift if you call in sick, but this still lends to an unhealthy working environment and poor personal health decisions.
    Organization is so focused on self-preservation in a rapidly advancing market (IMO this is because of the uber-strong Union) that they have lost sight of any hope of remaining relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think big picture when it comes to re-org considerations. When you kowtow to those who want to ensure their job never changes, they never have to move as the organization evolves, etc., you keep only the people who are concerned about their own comfort and lose those who are there because of their passion for the mission, their love of the science, and their desire to be intellectually stimulated.
    The mission can be accomplished, perhaps even more effectively, by focusing operationally on what no one else can do instead of tirelessly generating products the public no longer wants and which are redundant with the private sector. I left because I felt like every forecaster in the NWS could wad up their daily work and throw it in the wastebin as they walked out the door each day, and no one outside the organization would notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    OK Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Officer in Caribou, ME
    Current Employee - Information Technology Officer in Caribou, ME

    I have been working at NWS

    Pros

    Small office.
    Left to own devices for most part.
    Can make of the job what you want.

    Cons

    Part of large government bureaucracy and concomitant stupidity.
    No chance to make a major contribution -- just one drop in the ocean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say here. They are pretty much bound to a certain form and cannot be expected to do anything different.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great place for a Meteorologist.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NWS

    Pros

    Excellent government benefits as well as salary. People in the office were very friendly and helpful most of the time.

    Cons

    Hard to move around once in the NWS. They say to start wherever you can, and then move around...however, the competition is pretty high and most offices now hire from within their office. Rotating work schedule...but that is the nature of the job as weather never stops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pick favorites

    Recommends
  9.  

    Highly paid idiots

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

    I worked at NWS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    lots of perks (travel, bonuses)

    Cons

    This organization wastes resources on unnecessary personnel. The machines (satellites, radars, balloons) collect data. Distributing this data to the "market" (not NWS meteorologists) better serves the public and develops useful forecasts quicker.
    Data distribution is the value of NWS not padding the payroll with personnel who invent projects to fill dead files. Relocate the meteorologists outside NWS to the community and employ the personnel in the technical fields to collect and distribute the data to the market (media, airports, marinas, industry).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the meteorologist staff and increase the technical staff; distribute (market) the data to licensed clients (FAA, commercial media, private industry)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    The NWS is a great place to work; but zero upward mobility and training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITO
    Current Employee - ITO

    I have been working at NWS

    Pros

    The mission is worthwhile. It's very low stress.

    Cons

    No upward mobility or training.

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