National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics

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National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with a lot of scientists and professors that are willing to help you
    Get to see what they do everyday regarding funding for different research institutions, universities etc.

    Cons

    Hard to move up as a student intern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally

  2.  

    Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics

    Pros

    Good scholarship and research opportunities

    Cons

    The grant was not extended

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    NSF encourages learning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do not micro-manage and have abundant resources

    Cons

    They provide no directional advice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A PhD takes way more than 3 years

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Not a normal place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics

    Pros

    Great facilities
    There are a lot of smart people among the 1200 people who work at the agency.

    Cons

    The first review and comment have been circulating in the division. Everyone has seen it, but no one knows who wrote it, which is good. Although everyone is in agreement with the comments, staff are scared to speak up for fear of retaliation. Their fear is justified. It’s a toxic atmosphere. Management makes it impossible to do high quality work. It doesn't recognize high quality work and it doesn't hesitate to lie about the work of staff it doesn't like or agree with. Find someplace else to work where you will be treated like a professional, and your expertise and experience will be appreciated and put to good use. Because they won’t be in this division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been offered excellent advice by both staff and outside consultants for many years, but it's been ignored, so it would be a waste of my time to do it here.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    NSF/SRS: A dysfunctional division in a great agency! (I agree with the 7/4/09 review)

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Management in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Survey Management in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics

    Pros

    NSF itself is a great place . I disagree with the 9/28/09 review posted here of the agency as a whole. In most of the agency a lot of very smart people work very hard to do important things.

    The pay is good by Federal standards. The previous post seems upset that many scientists and engineers who rotate in for a year or two usually keep their higher outside pay. But a science agency needs to keep bringing in new talent or stagnate. It is true that even university professors often make more than Federal employees. A note on that---I am tired of hearing that it is ok for Federal pay to be so low because we have great benefits. That may be true for someone whose alternate job is at Walmart, but most professionals in academia or industry get similar or better benefits.

    Cons

    The 7/4/09 review of SRS said said it better than I would dare! Many good people here trying to do good, but top bosses just want to look good, not actually do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Science Resources Statistics, not NSF as a whole:

    1. Worry more about producing and publishing useful data.
    2. Worry less about pretty data tables.
    3. Don't go behind survey directors backs to make deals with their survey contractors.
    4. Helping a data customer is not a waste of staff resources.
    5. Pulling large numbers in for multiple meeting to second quess every decision IS a waste of staff resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Intern: Great and Motivated People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people who work here are truly dedicated to the progress of science and its benefits to society. Great experience for any future-scientist or anyone with an interest in science and public policy. The workers there are friendly and approachable, and don't mind being a mentor for you during your duration (this of course defers from department to department).

    Cons

    As an intern there isn't always too much work to do. Its best to have several projects handed to you than having one long project.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Calm quiet environment with little to no motivation to go above and beyond

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Office Assistant
    Former Employee - Front Office Assistant

    I worked at National Science Foundation/ Science Resources Statistics

    Pros

    Solid government pay scale, holidays off, friendly environment, close to mall

    Cons

    no incentive to go above and beyond, everyone is not equally able to do the job

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