National Agricultural Statistics Service

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National Agricultural Statistics Service Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Diversity is good here

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    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, commuting benefits, location

    Cons

    parking is limited, the building is old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage open mindedness throughout the agency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great opportunity to being your career, lot's of help growing professionally in the right offices

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    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great job to start off your career in the agriculture industry. Everyday I learned something new about agriculture or statistics applied to agriculture. If you get in the right regional office you will find that your management are more than willing to help guide you. There is rarely any yelling or stress other than setting estimates for your commodities which is up to you to meet those deadlines. The work schedule is very flexible with 40 hour work weeks. A lot of colleagues are now telecommuting at least one or two days a week.

    Cons

    The learning curve is fairly steep and takes a few years to catch on which can be frustrating at times. You'll have to be able to ask lot's of questions and do a lot of research through documentation to learn how to accurately set estimates as a statistician.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The balance of workload and complexity of the work per statistician in the office is a little off. Upper management should evaluate each statistician and make sure they are given the appropriate work for their grade relative to their colleagues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Survey Statistician Position

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    Current Employee - Survey Statistician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Survey Statistician in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, good people, good benefits, fair salary.

    Cons

    It's the federal government - there is only so much innovation that will be allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to look at the actual work an employee does - not just the amount of talk they talk.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    People make NASS great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistician in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Statistician in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    *Smart, diverse coworkers; everyone knows what's going on and is happy to help.
    *Easygoing local management; if you want something practical, the answer is usually yes. Even if it's not, decisions always have a good reason, nothing ever seems arbitrary.
    *Always learning something new, especially if you are not from an agricultural background.
    *All of the benefits of working for the Federal Government, without having to work in DC

    Cons

    *Part of the reason you're always learning is because they systems are always changing and different from project to project. Efforts to standardize the systems only seems to have exacerbated the problem since some projects standardize better than others.
    *Hiring process is slow and clunky, and once I got hired, getting benefits worked out took longer than probably necessary.
    *Don't seem to know what to do with interns and Pathways hires; nobody seemed to be in charge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Some good people, none of them in positions of authority though

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Agricultural Statistics Service full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are plenty of helpful, knowledgeable employees willing to share their knowledge from varied backgrounds. Contrary to what you would assume, an agricultural background is not necessary to perform the duties. Basic computer skills and a little critical thinking can take you a long way.

    Cons

    If you come from a non-ag background, some employees almost seem offended that you're doing the same job as they are and will treat you as though you're under-qualified.

    Some managers are promoted beyond their capabilities. Employees reach management without having any management or communication skills, and are given too much autonomy. If you're in an office with poor managers, they will make the day excruciating, limit your potential for promotion, and make your continued employment less certain. If you luck out, you'll find some managers willing to go to bat for you, but at the end of the day senior management will stand behind office management, regardless of the circumstances, so there's a lot of headroom for abuse at the office management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in, or at the very least aware of, the decisions of office managers before they surprise you with major headaches. Don't treat interns or Pathways hires like cheap, expendable labor sources. It's unreasonable to have qualified people hired at as low as GS-05 with no job security doing the same work as career employees making twice as much money with no fear of losing their jobs. How you treat people says a lot about the agency, and as far as I've seen, things are not well with this agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience was good, a job I have done over the past few summers, decent pay, not really hard, and some flexibility.

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    Former Employee - Field Enumerator in Tulare, CA
    Former Employee - Field Enumerator in Tulare, CA

    I worked at National Agricultural Statistics Service part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working for this company or service that is part of the California Department of Agriculture working as a field enumerator pays better than most jobs college students can get over the summer and has good flexible working hours and days as long as the work gets done and completed by the time it is due and all the information and numbers collected is to be sent to the main office. It is not hard and just about anyone can do it as long as they are old enough to work. Another positive is that this job is done in teams and not individual to help get the work done quicker and with fewer mistakes if done alone.

    Cons

    Some downsides to working for as a field worker is having to get up really early during the summer depending on what kind of work doing and where doing it. Have to deal with the heat if live where it is hot and make sure to stay hydrated and not over heat and feel or get sick as that can happen. Another downside is that this job is not that exciting, mundane, and requires driving to and from everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worked part-time as an enumerator, work environment was outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Louisville, KY

    I worked at National Agricultural Statistics Service part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed communicating with the farmers and learned the value of their work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the farmers were aggravated because we called them often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management where I worked were fair and pleasant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Run, Don't Walk (Away from this place)

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    Current Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    To empathize with Farmers, and try to make a difference with food prices.

    Cons

    Did not learn much. Pushed to produce quantity, and not worry about quality of work. Inundated farmers with useless surveys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged and professional. Don't use recent college graduates and interns to do statistician work when they've never taken a math or statistics class in their life. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Job opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Las Cruces, NM
    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Las Cruces, NM

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good quality work that has you thinking, but also gives you great skills that you can use in everyday life.

    Cons

    There is no cons to this job as long as you have a interest in it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    not for a recent grad trying to get away from home

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    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Agricultural Statistician in Athens, GA

    I have been working at National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Pros

    great place, nice lax environment. everyone is nice. its stress free

    Cons

    nass placed me in an office that was close to my home town to avoid paying relocation assistance without even bothering with a geographical preferences inquiry like they promised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall great but i'd like to see more consideration on the goals of the employee

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