US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General & Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
70 Ratings

Pros
  • Easy to maintain work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, especially for veterans (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Not paid as much as private sector, Promotions are limited due to minimal vacant upper level positions (in 8 reviews)

  • number of negative people, caused by slow bureaucratic red tape (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Summer Park Ranger

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    Former Employee - Summer Park Ranger
    Former Employee - Summer Park Ranger

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, good co-workers, lots of training

    Cons

    none that I can think of. Had a great experience


  2. A good place for good experence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to gain good experience with working with senior level engineers and subject matter experts.

    Cons

    Communication and engagement between departments could be better, and it can be hard to fire employees who are disruptive or don't do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a better way to keep the weak performers accountable, and figure out a better way to actually deal with them.


  3. Great Organization Lacking Good Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

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

    Pros

    - Great salary
    - Great benefits
    - Some promotional potential
    - Great colleagues, very welcoming
    -Opportunities across the globe
    -Terrific work/life balance

    Cons

    - Still files papers this late in the digital age
    - Management styles stuck in the rigid, inflexible 80's era
    - Rarely gathers the best ideas in the room
    - Office politics trump implementation of good ideas
    -Poor communication styles among management
    - HR is more bureaucracy focused than mission focused.
    -Branch Management satisfied with the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reading and discussing trendy management/leadership books and start implementing new ideas to streamline the bureaucracy and push the envelope on innovative government practices.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Physical Scientist

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    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Concord, NH
    Current Employee - Physical Scientist in Concord, NH

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, development, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Performance means very little. The common denominator for those in leadership or higher pay grades is only time in service.

    Advice to Management

    Hold weak performers accountable.


  6. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best training experiences for newly graduated engineers

    Cons

    Working for the government comes with a lot of red tape


  7. Helpful (1)

    Corps of Engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Puyallup, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Puyallup, WA

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Many employees have been with the Corps for 10-25 yrs so advancement can be difficult.


  8. Dredge Hurley

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    Former Employee - Deckhand in Hyattsville, MD
    Former Employee - Deckhand in Hyattsville, MD

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your working with the federal government, you get to travel, work a week you get off a week

    Cons

    long hours, pay is ok depending on job, racists in Memphis district.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Pm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Pros

    Great mission and training opportunities

    Cons

    Entrenched ineffective people throughput the organization


  10. Not a whole lot of good

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    Former Employee - Head Lock and Dam Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Head Lock and Dam Operator in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lock operators get to work outside

    Cons

    Unorganized, management filled with "good ole boys"


  11. Helpful (2)

    Environmental Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professional people. Great place to work and really enjoying working here. Projects are very interesting and with always something new to do. Flex work hours allow much more freedom.

    Cons

    When starting out, management are slow to assign work. Very top down organization.



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