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US Fish and Wildlife Service Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    I had a rewarding experience while working at the US Fish and Wildlife Adminisration

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    Former Employee - OfficeAssisttant (OA) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - OfficeAssisttant (OA) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There i growth if you apply yourself

    Cons

    Don't become stagnated, not allowing your best to come forward and just grow at the normal pace.

    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Experience was very rewarding, met and befriended lots of coworkers, made it easy to get along with others.

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    Current Employee - Program Office Assistant (OA) in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Office Assistant (OA) in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly, helpful and always willing to do whatever they can to make it easy going in the workplace.

    Cons

    Nothing relevant to say about the company

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    Fun job, great pay, rewarding

    Cons

    Management had a hard time keeping team on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan and stick with it

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  5.  

    Creative Freedom

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    Former Employee - Public Use in Sanibel, FL
    Former Employee - Public Use in Sanibel, FL

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyday holds new adventures, new people, and new sides of the refuge. The organization really believes in providing training opportunities to help their employees become the best they can be. There is also a flexibility in the projects you can do on a refuge that makes the job seem so full of creative possibilities. There is ease in the ability to move up in the organization and to move to other refuges.

    Cons

    Normal office problems that you can find between coworkers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    cronyism is alive and well in Government

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) in Ludington, MI
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) in Ludington, MI

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service as an intern (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    personal growth: A wide field of various science and even general "work" skills can be obtained while working in seasonal jobs here. A very good place to work if you like working outdoors. Pay/compensation is better than many places.

    Cons

    If you are seasonal you might be "pigeon-holed" forever in that status....unless "they" really "like" you for purely subjective reasons. (hard-work and knowledge/skills/ abilities really take a back seat). Some, but not all "managers" AND biologists behave as if they were "gods gift" to the organization and are very thin skinned, arrogant and sometimes not compentent.! Employees are ENCOURAGED to be in compitition with one another...sort of like an episode of "Survivor". These weird hazing rites are part of the scene for some of the supervisors/management and NOT TEAMWORK. I think the chronic "seasonal" stuff is a money - saving scheme on the part of the hypocritcal FEDS who don't give a hoot about anyone not working directly for Washington DC politicos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying. playing favorites, etc. Stop changing job categories on employees from INTERMITTENT TO SEASONAL.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    USFWS does great work in the field- work environment could stand to be improved!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work/life balance is good, and benefits are good, but your hands are tied in a lot of ways because "that's how the government does it"

    Cons

    There are a lot of retirements and management is choosing to not backfill....so a lot of people are over worked.

    Being a government employee is worse than being a tenured employee- you pretty much cannot be fired. This is good if you are a great employee, but if you aren't it's terrible for your coworkers around you. You can not do your job, or have poor attendance, or be rude to other people or any other number of things with little to no consequence. Unless you are physically abusive or commit a crime, your coworkers are stuck with you!

    It's really hard to get a government job starting out, unless you come in as a student, your are retired military, you have a disability, or are a veteran with a disability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be better managers! know your program, know your employees, and create an environment where your employees feel respected and appreciated.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    I am a wildlife biologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    Being able to develop conservation programs is very satisfying. It is very satisfying to help protect land, habitat and wildlife populations.

    Cons

    It takes many years to work up to a decent salary. Salaries are sometimes behind the private secter jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  9.  

    Slow and Steady

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice 401K matching, 2 weeks leave at start, flexible work schedule, large office spaces, mission satisfaction

    Cons

    Budgets are shrinking, departing staff are not being back filled, older work force, incentives are none existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire based on leadership skills not longevity. Hire based on experience not academia levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great career choice

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    Current Employee - Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting to work outside with my passion in life is definitely a plus. Benefits are great and management is very flexible with allowing time off.

    Cons

    Am told sometimes that we do things because "that's how we've always done them." Typical federal red tape, but not an intolerable amount.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    A group of dedicated employees to the service.

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    Former Employee - Southeast Regional Web Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Southeast Regional Web Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my team of co-workers.

    Cons

    Office politics often got in the way of doing quality work, and credit for the work was usually given to someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire skilled people then place them in a no-win situation with any support.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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