US Department of the Interior

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US Department of the Interior Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good employer with national relocation opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Pros

    Good salary, health benefits, flexi-time

    Cons

    Difficult working within a bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Government Jobs

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great daily shift, consistently out on time, constant training.

    Cons

    Seems like some of the other workers just have no sense of urgency, including managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the same standards for new and old employees, if you push to get some extra work out of your people you just might be surprised. Sometimes being in a management position for a long period of time makes you lose your sense of urgency, take the time to reevaluate even your own performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Wonderful opportunity to see how a bureau in DC functions as a branch of the US government.

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    Current Employee - Research in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Depending on your employer, you get a lot of practical research experience with your area of focus. In my case, i was able to learn grass roots organization research and develop a program from the field up to DC.

    Cons

    A lot of the work involves people hundreds of miles a mile, and while I did get to go on a site visit. It's hard being cooped up in the office and deal directly with concerns in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the specific offices staff fairly small so that there is a tight knit job environment. This allowed everyone in the office an opportunity to see their full potential in a variety of settings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Department of the InFerior!!

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were good as with all government agencies. They had a little workout facility on-site which was nice. Quite frankly, that's the only perk I miss. I miss most of my co-workers, but not all - the people are nice and most work hard, but some just get by.

    Cons

    Leadership claims to care about what employees think. They sent out employee surveys and employees complete them. Then leadership does what they want anyway. For me, there was no opportunity to work from home, but two of my co-works could. Why is that acceptable? Morale was going downhill for many years before I left and from what I've heard, it's even worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to give opportunities to current employees for career growth. It's very frustrating and disheartening to not get promoted, yet the NBC Director or Assistant Director(s) hire a buddy from their previous agency/employer at a GS-14 salary to do absolutely nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Presidential Management Fellow at USDOI

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    Current Employee - Program/Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program/Management Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Honorable mission, dedicated employees, flexible work schedule, telework, excellent work-life balance, opportunity for advancement, nice office environment

    Cons

    Poor management skills are widespread, job feedback is not to be expected, lack of concern for maintaining or recruiting a youthful workforce (majority of employees are 40+), bureaucratic challenges, technology-averse workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving the management skills of managers, place greater emphasis on recruiting and retaining younger employees as DOI workforce approaches retirement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great internship experience

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

    I worked at US Department of the Interior as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Rare paid DC internship (though I'm not sure if that's still the case); the staff are very much invested in making it a positive experience; great exposure to substantive Federal Government work; whatever your issue areas of interest, this a good way to get a feel for the basic tasks and responsibilities that make policy work.

    Cons

    For all that Interior's work is important and valuable (National Parks, conservation, energy development, Alaska/the Arctic, American Indian issues, and more), many people you talk to outside the building won't have any idea what the Department does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    DOI = "Drags On Indefinitely

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Pros

    Mission. Taking care of the nation's special and protected spaces; one in every 5 acres in the U.S. is a noble and exhilarating mission. Definite job satisfaction from making a difference.

    Cons

    The most frustrating thing about working in DOI is that decisions Drag On Indefinitely (the real meaning of the DOI acronym) and are made by a choice few budget and policy types in DC rather than the technical experts in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the folks outside the beltway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed bag all in all

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

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The mission is fabulous, a great opportunity to make a difference doing things for the nation that truly matter.

    Cons

    Organizational culture at the senior levels in DC is broken beyond repair. Extremely little coordination at senior career and political ranks across Bureau / DOI lines -- ongoing competition, bickering and backstabbing impede what could be great collaborative work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require career SES leadership work on collaborative projects that involve multiple bureaus / offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best first job with great people to compliment the experience.

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    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Lakewood, CO

    I worked at US Department of the Interior as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small office environment in HR and Personnel Security where employees are very close to each other

    Cons

    No real cons. May be stuck in the same position as an intern. - Find yourself promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to assist students more when interested in transferring to another location, if possible or providing way back into federal government before graduation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pace of work is slow, as it is the federal government.

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and people are generally nice to work with.

    Cons

    Good managers are few and far between. An inability of managers to delegate can lead to employee underutilization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize high-performers and keep them busy, stimulated, and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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