US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

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Pros
  • Stable employment, good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, lots of job opportunities if in Dc (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • High placement of specific fields in term appointments with no equivalent full time permanent positions within the organization (in 4 reviews)

  • As it is government, there was a bit of 'red tape (in 4 reviews)

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  1. People were great, work was fullfilling

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    Former Employee - Micorcomputer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Micorcomputer Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding and fulfilling job. I felt that my contributions were appreciated.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation did not meet market value for IT Positions/skillsets. This may have changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work if you want flexibility, work/life balance, and like to leave your work at work.

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for professional development and opportunities to learn new skill sets through short detail appointments.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic...not a good place for a young, energetic person who may have educational requirements, but not the years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should be more progressive and innovative in their ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. great experience

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As far as government agencies go its well managed! The lab I worked in was small and close knit and had an academic feel to it.

    Cons

    The building I was in always had issues from no AC for half the summer to pipe bursts. Im sure not all USDA buildings have this issue. No chance to get a permanent position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more opportunities for civil servants. Everything is contractors these days which equals low pay/benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    very diverse, work with great people

    Cons

    work environment is usually quiet

    Recommends
  6. Overall good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    Has great work / life balance.

    Cons

    Promotions can be slow and salaries aren't keeping up with outside companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions have become too routine and are no longer based on merit just years of service.

  7. Fabulous Place

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I can not say enough positive. They are very amenable to working with your schedule and flexing your hours. They also often have opportunities to travel for development of additional skills or for educational courses in a formal or informal setting.

    Cons

    It is government so can be tough to get a job particularly if you do not get extra preference points for being in a specific job category.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great, especially if you are looking to stay long term

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    Current Employee - Agricultural Research Technician in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Agricultural Research Technician in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits...Nothing like 10 paid holidays and an increasing annual leave with years of service. Very flexible work hours when the growing season is not in full swing.

    Cons

    A great ag based facility in the middle of the city. If you don't like city/suburbia life then a long commute is in your future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. food inspector looking for informalities such as diseases leukosis,infections,tumors

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    Former Employee - Food Inspector in Shelbyville, TN
    Former Employee - Food Inspector in Shelbyville, TN

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    i loved the work the only thing was the hrs if it wasnt for certain ppl(pets) i would have been rehired full time. I should have not been made to step down from full time just because my family was called in to the hospital because they didnt think my dad was going to live

    Cons

    ive had HACCP,,MSDS,AND SAFETY OVER AND OVER there wasnt really any cons only one i made over 20.00 $ an hr but only worked 30. minutes a wk maybe 5 hr but only enough to pay taxes not enough for bills an food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the training i got was great i learned something different every day. compensation needs to go into their vocabulary and be more considerate to their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. VERY GOOD PLACE TO WORK

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Memphis, TN

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GREAT BOSS, senior management not too good. Lots of opportunities and of course lots of time off with a government job

    Cons

    Only negative about DC headquarters. If this business could be run locally it would be great. Rigid work schedule, having to be a prime example for seasonal employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get the local USDA offices involved with running each as a business because washington is broken.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Greenhouse

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    Current Employee - Biologic Science Aide in Albany, CA
    Current Employee - Biologic Science Aide in Albany, CA

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I get to work on cutting edge biotechnology projects

    Cons

    The government being shut down is always a threat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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