OSHA Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Great Experience and Quality of Life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety and Health in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Safety and Health in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at OSHA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Able to see the big picture and latest trends in the field of safety and heath. Employees are held to a somewhat high level of prestige. Tremendous amount of flexibility and work/life balance. Overall, OSHA could be one of the best places to work. If you have strong work ethic, you will be rewarded and treated well.

    Cons

    OSHA employees (rank and file) are the laziest breed I've ever seen. The amount of flexibility in the National Office is ridiculous. The workers (and I am one, not management) have an entitlement mentality. If you allow them to work from home 2X per week, they'll want three. I've never seen such low-quality workers in my life. From a worker's perspective and a federal union proponent, it's sad to say that managers work harder than the workers. The fact is, one never knows when the workers will even be available to perform work because of this ridiculous pilot program (workplace flexibility) being pushed by the department. Essentially, if one present is in the office, that individual will get all of the work...or else management will have to complete the assignment. It's absolutely unbelievable what goes on in terms of worker laziness and lack of productivity. Also, management has little integrity. They are generally good people and treat us well, but ethics and integrity is deficient.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease telework and/or hold employees more accountable. Drop this ridiculous pilot program.


  2. compliance officer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at OSHA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Name recognition and training at OSHA training institute is good.

    Cons

    Managers are given the position because they they knew someone in the Region. Managers are unethical, inexperienced, favor whom they can treat like a slave, and do not understand construction and general industry means and methods. The work and doing inspections are easy but since managers lack education and have never been managers before it makes the office HELL. Pay is bad, the most u gonna make is 98k but it will take you 20 years. Many compliance officers and managers do not even have college education or real life work experience. You learn all on your own and if you are educated and have prior experience they rely on you for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, don't hate people that do good work, stop your secrecy, don't act like if people do not know how you got to that position, get a real college degree and don't lie about your fiels experience, se all know you have none. Region is a waste..bad people overall!!!


  3. Conduct safety audits and issue citations of violations of 1910 and 1926

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutto, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutto, TX

    I worked at OSHA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good training and reward. Great pay and benefits, time off, etc. Complete my work with little supervision.

    Cons

    Sometimes a poor manager could make each day bad

    Advice to Management

    Obtain more field experience before going into mgt


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great field workers, clueless and vicious management.

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

    I have been working at OSHA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job stability, great field workers.

    Cons

    No matter what happens management gets the credit, and workers get the blame. Management either has no field experience at all, or hasn't been out in decades - and these are the ones reviewing the case files. Management has a bad case of picking one or two office "pets" that are treated well; the rest are not.

    Advice to Management

    Headquarters - find out what's actually going on outside the capitol beltway.
    Region 7 - Resign. Or retire


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not so great office

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

    I have been working at OSHA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Permanent employee after 6 months. Some training available or enough training depending on how you view it. Good variety of work. Quite a bit of travel if you like to travel.

    Cons

    Out of date software, managers showing blatant favoritism, manager not managing staff, manager quick to blame and not listen, unhappy staff, difficult to get needed supplies, tense office, procedure and policy is not up-to-date, some people get the time off when they want it and others don't, lots of calling in "sick" on Mondays and Fridays, manager difficult to reach when out of the office, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites among the staff, be available when you are out of the office or appoint someone to be in charge and give them the power to make decisions. Don't have meetings just for the sake of meeting.


  7. Review of US DOL-OSHA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at OSHA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to many different types of employer processes to include Oil & Gas, Grain Silos, Refineries, Manufacturing Plants, Beef Processing facilities.

    Cons

    The number one negative side to working for OSHA is the lack of staffing. Employees are under constant pressure to write reports in 90 days or less; while spending 90-95% of the workday away from the office conducting inspections. There is a daily conflict faced by the employee struggling with the conflicting goals of daily inspections and minimal report preparation time.

    Advice to Management

    Be very, very clear in what you want from the employee. Speak to the worker each day and tell him/her what your expectations are for that particular day. The worker was to be given very detailed instructions on what the supervisor wants for each day. The worker does not want to guess what the supervisor wants the employee to complete for each workday.


  8. This Office is not a good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at OSHA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to be exposed to different types of industries.
    Opportunity to travel 80% of the time.

    Cons

    No support from Management regarding training, feedback on employee performance issues, and not guidance on satisfying agency quotas for number of inspections per year and amount of time devoted to report completion.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training employees and educating employees on what is expected of them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Quantity is king.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at OSHA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Job security is great as are the work benefits. The salary compensation for safety and health professionals is better than average The flexibility for both worktime and where you work from is excellent. The large variety of industriies a compliance officer interfaces with provides great opportunity to learn a multitude of manufacturing processes. The multiple workplaces encountered while working as a compliance officer also allows for a large range of skills needed/learned to perform your job effectively.

    Cons

    Quantity or output of work is valued more than work quality. Aggressiveness in workstyle behavior is highly valued even if it means compromising the truth. Management support is poor. Leadership style is hands-off and communication to field personnel is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Allow honest input from field staff to provide a variety of data points to help guide operational policy. Stop relying soley on quantitative statistics to determine the direction of the agency. Daily operations are still performed by human beings.


  10. It is what it is...

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

    I have been working at OSHA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I enjoy the freedom and the independence

    Cons

    Medieval but typical governmental management mind set

    Advice to Management

    Please act to stop the national debt


  11. Washington wags the tail however in your own interactions with companies, you can make an positive impact on safety.

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

    I have been working at OSHA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Salary in major markets like NY City area or Chicago is good. Flextime and telework is available and now encouraged....within limits. Accumulating vacation and sick leave is very good. With the enforcement power of the gov, well let's say you often have a company's full attention when you audit or inspect them which can be satisfying if you get them to treat their employees better.

    Cons

    Many management gigs are set in advance and most importantly, if you get stuck with a non forward looking manager, or someone who you don't jive with, well let's say they can impact almost every aspect of your work here from evaluations to yes, dollar bonuses at the end of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Take input from your employees or especially line staff seriously as after all, many companies seek out their advice on how to improve their own operations.



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