US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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US Agricultural Research Service Secretary Tom Vilsack
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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
  • full-time because of the system of hiring (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Great Government Job!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good job security, easy to transfer between departments, good opportunity for advancement. Good flex program and telework options.

    Cons

    Cubicle and bullpen life can get dull. Many career government employees have no interest in innovating, changing with technology, or embracing new ways of doing business. Almost impossible to fire somebody. AFGE is a terrible union to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who preform best.


  2. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Salinas, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Salinas, CA

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is one of the most active vegetable group that I have ever seen before. All of the porjects are directly oriented to the need of the farmers

    Cons

    Need to have a better building facility. Curent building is very old and need lots of remodelling


  3. Research Microbiologist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Decent funding, facilities, equipment. Reasonable autonomy in setting up research programs.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-Semite. Office politics are more important than the science.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly, provide a work environment that is conducive to productivity and the agency will be amazing.


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  5. Interesting

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    Cool research, learned laboratory safety and culturing techniques.

    Cons

    repetitive experiments were boring. I did the same thing every day


  6. Great people, frustrating system at times

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Sidney, MT
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Sidney, MT

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. Everyone is helpful and has your back.

    Cons

    Working for the government is frustrating sometimes. There can be a lot of unnecessary hoops to jump through that slows down the work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't gossip about co workers


  7. Enumerator Coach

    Current Employee - Office Coach in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Office Coach in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Schedule, Training, work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of benefits No more words


  8. Lab Work at USDA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service

    Pros

    It's a great place to work even if you don't have much experience. Once you work there once, it's much easier to work there again, and they tend to have many positions across the country.

    Cons

    The pay is not too high if you don't have experience. Also, if you are working as a lab aid or technician, your actual work schedule/interactions with others could depend on who your supervisor is.


  9. Journeyman Electrician / Maintenance Electrician

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Albany, CA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Albany, CA

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy working with scientist and physicist

    Cons

    Lack of federal funding and massive layoff


  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility within the company.

    Advice to Management

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


  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Leadership should be more progressive and innovative in their ideas.



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