US Department of the Interior Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Presidential Management Fellow at USDOI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  2. Great internship experience

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

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

  3. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good managers.

    Cons

    Need to hold people accountable. Government work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight. Managers and employees both. You have ambitious people working for you that can step up if you push aside the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    DOI = "Drags On Indefinitely

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. A mixed bag all in all

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Best first job with great people to compliment the experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Office Automation Clerk in Lakewood, CO
    Former Intern - Office Automation Clerk in Lakewood, CO

    I worked at US Department of the Interior as an intern (more than a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  9. Protecting America's Treasures!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, competent employees with a good sense of mission and where they fit.

    Decent salary.

    Some very experienced upper management professionals.

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Like most government agencies, filled with unnecessary and inefficient bureaucracy.

    Some incompetent and/or lazy employees that find themselves a corner to burrow into for the long haul.

    Upper management tends to be out of touch to the daily needs of mid level managers and employees.

    In today's political climate, employees are seen more as an enemy than as a friend to the public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More collaboration with employees. Management should be results driven rather than policy driven.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Don't Whistle Blow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal in Eagle Butte, SD
    Former Employee - Principal in Eagle Butte, SD

    I worked at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you ever happen to become employed by the Department of Interior just do your job.

    Cons

    Don't do the above or you will lose your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not look into a mirror, you work for the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. People really do stay only for the job security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tons of leave.. more leave than you could ever use (I think I have about 400 hours right now), telework-friendly.

    Cons

    No training, no opportunities for advancement due to Federal pay freeze and sequestration. Employees that do work must carry the workload for all the 'dead weight' employees that have been there for years and just come in to collect a paycheck. Work is extremely unrewarding and it is frustrating to know that ideas will go unnoticed, hard work unrewarded, etc. I don't even know where to begin...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the point? Nothing will ever change in Federal Government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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