U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

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Updated Mar 14, 2014

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    A good place to work, if you are an engineer/technical person

    Civil Engineer (Current Employee) Willows, CA

    ProsThere is never a dull moment working at a water agency in CA. Plenty of work for engineers, especially Civil Engineers. Most all higher up managers are engineers so there is upward mobility for engineers. Good benefits and paid holidays. The work is challenging and there is always something new to learn.

    ConsIt's the government, so there are things you have to deal with that involve a lot of red tape and regulation. It can be quite ridiculous and frustrating to deal with. Also, it seems there are two types of employees at Reclamation; those who are excellent and motivated, and those that are the complete opposite. The lazy ones are deserving of the typical "government worker" stereotype. Most are good, but the few bad ones can really cause headaches.

    At my particular office, they are not at all good at communicating expectations. You are handed work, and expected to figure it out with no guidance, mentors, or training. Training is too general to be useful. It's sink or swim at Reclamation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide useful training for your employees, not just training you are required to provide as CYA for the government. Clearly communicated the expectations you have of your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Group of People

    Engineer (Current Employee) Boise, ID

    ProsI got lucky and was able to land a position at a really fantastic office. The people you work with can make or break a job, and everyone here is easy to get along with. I like the opportunity to see the different dams in our area.

    ConsTypical government job which requires relentless stupid training on all things PC.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable, but a little boring

    Mech Engineer (Current Employee) Lakewood, CO

    ProsGreat benefits and work life balance

    ConsRepetitive and you feel pigeon holed

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure where the organization is going

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsIt's a nice place to work. The benefits and flexibility that are afforded to employees are nice. There are opportunties to work on diverse projects and gain some good knowledge and experience.

    ConsThe leadership and many of the engineers are quite conservative. They keep work close to themselves and would rather say nothing than take the credit for good work. They try not to "rock the boat" but by saying nothing it gets rocked.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible for most, great for some

    Environmental Engineer (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsLots of time off. Most groups are flexible with work hours and telework.

    ConsHard work is not rewarded. Management loves to stick people in positions below their capabilities. Severe favoritism - some people shoot up the ladder while most get left behind. Federal Tuition Reimbursement Program is said to be available, but no one ever receives it. Have to be here 20+ years to have any say in how things are run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A solid employer for hard economic times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHaving a stable position with good benefits.
    Supportive of continuing education.
    Family-like atmosphere among the "worker bees".
    Co-workers generally friendly enough.
    Has federal employees union available.

    ConsPay is not competitive to area in my job;
    Can be frustrating going through all the red tape to accomplish something.
    The GS pay system is not adequate for some of the positions, may not offer compensation for experience unless it is in the federal system. Compensation and awards pretty much the same whether an employee shows initiative or not.
    Supervisors may be people who have been in the system a long time rather than most qualified.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that "traditional women's jobs" are not being underpaid.
    Seek out opportunities to interact with the rank and file employees.

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