US Army Corps of Engineers
3.6 of 5 158 reviews
www.usace.army.mil Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.6 158 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General & Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick

Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick

(40 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great Benefits, Good work/life balance, Flexible Schedule"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Great place to work, great benefits for continuing your education,"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "not paid as much as private sector"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Fast pace of operations and government red tape"
    in 5 reviews
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    Good experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are many training opportunities available. The work hours are great. You work with a very diverse group of people from many backgrounds, disciplines, ages and experiences. The leave accrual rates are very good. You get all Federal holidays off and paid.

    ConsThe possibility for promotions are rare or unavailable. The workload for some districts are reducing. With the economy there is the possibility of furloughs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great facility for biology interns

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe environment was relaxed. I was able to spend time both indoors and outdoors, performing water quality analyses for researchers. This gave me experience at the time when I considered pursuing a career working in an environmental laboratory.

    ConsDrama can happen, but everyone I worked with was respectful to me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust try to keep any drama that may occur to a minimum.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsNot much over time needed. Pretty secure job.

    ConsUpward mobility is limited. Lots of paper work. Institutional knowledge leaves with people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDocument process and procedures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad job, perfect for some personalities but if you have drive stay in the private sector.

    Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsEasy job, great benefits, good co workers.

    ConsMany of field level managers are very competent and extremely intelligent. District level supervisors micro manage so the field has no say in issues based on a project by project basis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Corps of Engineers was very professional and great working environment.

    As-Built Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Louisville, KY

    ProsThe best reasons to work here is the flexibility of work schedule. The ability to raise a family, drop the kids off in the morning, pick them up in the evening and even make school events during the day. Another major reason to work for the Corps is you are always well equipped with the latest software or training to succeed.

    ConsThe con was the presence of typical government bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to begin your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearning experience is great for someone just out of college.

    ConsPeople don't want to train other in fear that you will take their job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement will never change. They cover their flaws as morale continues to go down.

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    Once in a lifetime experience

    Platoon Leader (Current Employee)
    Fort Lewis, WA

    ProsIndependence, time-management, working with Soldiers is the best job in the world

    ConsPolitical, the best officers leave and the worst ones stay, no free time, mandatory PT at 0630

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the rating scheme and change the culture so that the good officers want to stay in, instead of making it so only the bad officers want to stay in

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis government agency has every career you can imagine, so the opportunities to cross-train during your assigned role are limitless.

    ConsThe government pay system has a tendency to pigeon hole your earning potential. Workload is extremely huge, limiting your ability to take advantage of opportunities to expand employees horizons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your team members.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    General Opinion of working for the Federal Government

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work, great benefits for continuing your education, great benefits overall.

    ConsLately it seems like unqualified applicants get hired for reasons other than their level of education. This will gradually affect the expertise available.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in applicants that know what they are doing. Otherwise all inhouse design will suffer and only A-E consultants will be given design work.

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    USAR

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsServed as a military Member.

    ConsNone in particular to speak of

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