US Geological Survey

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US Geological Survey Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is encouraged, but definitely employee driven (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, friendly and down to earth employees, nice campus (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant search for finding is frustrating to non-federal employees, ie contractors (in 3 reviews)

  • It's generally frustrating dealing with the bureaucracy involved with a federal government job (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good student job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Geological Survey part-time

    Pros

    Outside projects, freedom, vacation pay, awards

    Cons

    CUBICLES, monotony, benefits, co-workers, longevity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great experience as an undergraduate.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Geological Survey

    Pros

    Lots of different interesting projects that involve many skill sets.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of down time in the office that can become mundane and boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs major improvement.

  3.  

    Was good for an entry-level, field work position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for entry-level job
    Employer is well-respected
    Got to do interesting field work with special access privileges to SF Bay marshland
    Got to work with an endangered species, a skill other companies are interested in

    Cons

    Did not have any role in data analysis
    Organization's key concern was data integrity, sometimes over species preservation measures
    Projects seemed to drag on and not be wrapped up promptly and effectively

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Incompetence at it's best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good. The Science the USGS is involved in is amazing!

    Cons

    No growth and major stagnacy in your career. Stay away! Complacent mindset, vintage contract thinking, micro-managed employees, inefficency and, poor use of highly capable contract specialists. Horrible place to work! No opportunities for required training even if there free. If you are progressive looking to learn and advance into available opportunities, those opportunities will be non-existent. They will ensure your career is not supported with a gang-like mentality from management and will implement and change guidance if they don't choose to agree with you while labeling you as a trouble-maker. They operate in a pack. Decisions are personal as opposed to professional. If you're not part of the life long work relationships/friendships, you're treated like an outcast and attacked at every turn. Worklife balance (telework) is only afforded if you're liked, if not, you can forget it. There is no Management! No one manages. Huge turn-overs. This is not bureacuracy, this in inadequacy, and incompentency at it's fineness. The Leader of the Free World should visit! If he goes to HR they won't know where to direct him. As a public servant, we should always be focused on the mission, not the personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Department of Interior Headquarters should address the issues as this can not be resolved at the agency level. There all friends!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    TERRIBLE place for contract specialists- You will regret it!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Reston, VA

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Government benefits and telework if you are in the "right" crowd/ group.

    Cons

    You will have to FIGHT to go to CON classes, even though they are a requirement for the job. (even the FREE classes!) You will have hour long "brown bag" sessions that are mandatory to attend at least once a month, even during the busiest times of the year and you will have to attend unnecessary forums meant for CORS and other staff while you have work piling up on your desk that you could be working on.

    If you are looking for promotion to gs-12 or above, you can forget it. Unless you are hired as a 12, you most likely will never see it. If you are a 12, you wont see 13. If you are a 13 or above you can kiss competence and efficiency goodbye because you will be in bondage to incompetence.

    Management is as incompetent as it gets. They are especially intimidated by those with higher education, extensive FAR knowledge and cutting edge, forward thinking ideas. You may have to dumb-down what you know; otherwise you risk being labeled a trouble maker.

    If you like frustration and confusion, changing policies based on a whim and micromanagement, then this is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None of the managers have any "real" personal growth advise for employees. Stop being afraid to rock the boat and reassign incompetent managers and team leads. Performance appraisals are a joke. How about making decisions based on what is good for the whole organization rather than on keeping things status quo so you can stay comfortable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Geological Survey

    Pros

    Love the work and the people

    Cons

    There's little to no movement up

  8.  

    A great place to have a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geographer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Geographer in Reston, VA

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly and down to earth employees, nice campus

    Cons

    Budget cuts, reorganizations, low morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Very pacific place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physical Science Technician in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Physical Science Technician in Reston, VA

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great paid, benefits, no supervision

    Cons

    bureaucracy as all government agency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Mathematician and Statistician for photogrammetry and public policy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mathematician in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Mathematician in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at US Geological Survey part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive of flex time and personal leave.

    Cons

    Ongoing difficulties with obtaining funding.

  11.  

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Denver, CO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady work, fast paced, flexible hours

    Cons

    Crazy people, bad management, Good ol boy system

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U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark, 1904 (Photo thanks to Flickr user Civillian Scrabble, available under by v2.0)
It is a kinda neat looking building. better than most SV bland offices
STREAM GAGING STATION Operated by US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (Photo thanks to Flickr user Night Owl City, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)

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