US Department of the Interior

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US Department of the Interior Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    A mixed bag all in all

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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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best first job with great people to compliment the experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Protecting America's Treasures!

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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 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't Whistle Blow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    People really do stay only for the job security

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Pros

    The pros are that the smart people are leaving this organization in droves.

    Cons

    With government work this place does not encourage free thought, promotable advances, or anything.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Pros

    Job Security, Work/Life Balance, Affordable Benefits, Telework, Good Mission, Strong financial management stewardship, good cowokers, etc.

    Cons

    At this time the government is in the process of slashing domestic discretionary spending. This has negatively impacted funding for training, IT purchases and hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organizational structure is way over institutionalized. Changes are difficult to make but this is inherent since the founding of government. I'm not sure how much it can be improved.

  10.  

    Typical government agency during times of financial woes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good culture, smart people, diverse mission

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of future planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work at the DOI

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Management Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Management Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and family friendly

    Cons

    Takes time for promotion but that's throughout the Federal Government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Hiring the youth you are doing a great job investing in the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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