Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Natural Resources Conservation Service Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fulfilling job!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the atmosphere and work

    Cons

    Wanted more income, but otherwise was great

  2.  

    Nothing special

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist
    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security, retirement options, inability to be fired

    Cons

    Extreme favoritism to minorities, lack of communication (news outlets reporting information before field has info), Mobility Requirement (move job every couple of years), lackadaisical workforce for the most part, Paperwork required for simple tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embarrassed to be a federal employee of this agency most of the time, no common sense or backbone from leadership. It is impossible for horrible employees to be fired for fear of litigation therefore agency is crammed with inadequate employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Some Experiences Are Great, Then Some Can Be Bad

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    Former Employee - Pathways Student  in  Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Pathways Student in Auburn, AL

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Government Job/ Government Benefits
    Relaxed Atmosphere
    Communal Atmosphere
    Step Program Ensures Income Increase
    Work/Life

    Cons

    Relaxed Atmosphere-Sometimes people are just plain lazy
    Communal Atmosphere-Depends on how you get in, location you works at, who you are
    If You Don't Want To Continue To Be Shipped Around...Don't Expect Promotion
    It's Sad When You Have To Wait For Someone to Die To Get Ahead
    Work/Life Is More Applicable Up The Ladder of Management
    Southern Culture Is Not Appreciable (I am referring to the deep south)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure The Southern Culture Is in Line With National Culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Be ready to move around

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Pros

    Latitude to do a lot by your own schedule. Lots of time in the field, so the workplace doesn't get monotonous.

    Cons

    You are expected to move to different offices in the state fairly regularly. My supervisor had been in five offices in five years, a common scenario. This is not a con for everyone, but was for me. Also, upper level managers were the picture of bureaucratic narcissism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See last sentence above.

  6.  

    Too much work, not enough people. Job availability is limited.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Pros

    Pay, annual leave, health care, retirement plan

    Cons

    limited recognition, constantly changing priorities, heavy workload with minimal staff and support

  7.  

    Great place to work if you are a man.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    most workers are able to FLEX their schedule and earn Credit Leave
    challenging work assignments

    Cons

    Glass ceiling for women - few promotion potentials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Not a great place to be an intern

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Small office, get to know coworkers
    Get to go around the state to work on different types of projects
    Get to work with different clients

    Cons

    Work may get boring
    Low pay
    Not much work for the interns to do
    Clients may be difficult to work with

  9.  

    Great Term Position!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Pros

    Great place to work, good atmosphere, good co-workers

    Cons

    hard to get hired on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great for a career start, but move on for an inspired career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Soil Conservationist
    Former Employee - Soil Conservationist

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - work/life balance is good.
    - compensation/benefits are good
    - work with and learn from very experienced practitioners
    - rewarding to work with farmers that appreciate the programs
    - extensive training and access to technical experts and resources
    - laid back culture

    Cons

    - career advancement only for those willing to relocate for new job title
    - little autonomy nor opportunity for employees to be innovative
    - too many new goals and initiatives, not enough staff
    - not enough time to perform meaningful field work with farmers due to high administrative workload ie, paper pushing
    - beauracratic and political at times
    - EEO issues still a problem
    - farmers and board can make things more political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve field office support by hiring more admin staff and improving partnerships with district/state staff and FSA. Streamline goals in states overburdened with numerous conservation programs and initiatives and pilots.

  11.  

    Overall, company works hard for farmers and ranchers to reach their goals.

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    Current Employee - Rangeland Management Specialist  in  Kingsville, TX
    Current Employee - Rangeland Management Specialist in Kingsville, TX

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Horrible pay and career latter when compared to other similar jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me people chose where they work or give workers a bigger incentive on transfers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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