US Department of the Interior Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Good employer with national relocation opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, health benefits, flexi-time

    Cons

    Difficult working within a bureaucracy


  2. BOEMRE (formerly known as "MMS") office was a joke

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of the Interior full-time

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

    Pros

    For me, it was proximity to my home (short commute)

    Cons

    Typical waste of space and taxpayer money. MMS changed its acronym to "BOEMRE" after the BP oil spill in the Gulf. I worked on a grant program that was supposed to send funds to the gulf states that needed the money. Unfortunately, there were incompetent contracting officers acting as the grant program managers. Took forever to do the simplest process. Mired in bureaucracy and micro-management. Congress approved the funds but the BOEMRE nincompoops were incapable of getting the money out the door. Everything bad you've ever heard or thought about federal government employees is manifested ten-fold at BOEMRE. If you are a fed, this would be a great place to punch the clock for easy money --most of them did just that. A joke.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or go on detail to another agency.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Department of the InFerior!!

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Presidential Management Fellow at USDOI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Great place to work

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good managers.

    Cons

    Need to hold people accountable. Government work

    Advice to Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    DOI = "Drags On Indefinitely

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

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

    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 Management

    Listen to the folks outside the beltway.


  8. A mixed bag all in all

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Protecting America's Treasures!

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (3)

    Don't Whistle Blow

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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