US Geological Survey Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is encouraged, but definitely employee driven (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits are good pay is decent (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Strong political issues and red-tape makes getting work done difficult and confusing at times (in 3 reviews)

  • Change in upper management has hurt the orginization (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work with welcoming people

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    Current Intern - /Student Services Contractor in Reston, VA
    Current Intern - /Student Services Contractor in Reston, VA

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to gain professional and Federal experience
    Welcoming and knowledgeable coworkers
    Great place for young people to begin a career
    Scientists and contractors willing to help
    Office culture is fun and laid back. Easy-going people.

    Cons

    Funding can be a question for contractors
    They did not provide full instructions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for entry-level positions.
    Provide more instruction for future student contractors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Neat combination of industry and academic research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Geological Survey

    Pros

    Office culture, great research, publishing

    Cons

    Difficult to advance from entry level position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great look for my resume, but did not enjoy the experience.

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    Current Intern - Business Administration in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Intern - Business Administration in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Paid internship, time management skills, opportunity, looked great on resume

    Cons

    Bureaucratic structure, leadership, efficiency, limited change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allowing changes to be made in process and/or policies for a more efficient work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Great people, Great atmosphere, However work can be dependent on funding, rather than your passion though

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    Former Intern - Hydrology Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Former Intern - Hydrology Technician in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at US Geological Survey as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexable hours; Casual work environment; a lot of interesting research going on in the office. I was able to learn about our projects at a comfortable pace and help on some really interesting projects. By the end I even got authorship on a report we released!

    Cons

    A lot of knowledge though the building, but everyone seemed to fall into the rut of working privately on there own stuff. In my experience, the environment didn't lend itself well to collaboration. Projects teams of 2-4 people, but you don't see people too often outside of that team. For the times you do, everyone is really nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways to overlap different projects, so that employees can find more ways to rely on each other for projects when they have questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Nice place to work

    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at US Geological Survey

    Pros

    Nice location on the campus

    Cons

    Not much interaction with other employees

    Recommends
  7. Contractor

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in Des Moines, IA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, great benefits, satisfying work.

    Cons

    Lack of organizational organization, management isn't always on top of things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Hydrologic Technician (Student)

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Geological Survey (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great research and community.

    Cons

    Not a very secure position.

  9. Get to do amazing work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Geological Survey

    Pros

    Work among some of the best scientists in the US, Interesting body of work, well respected organization, relatively high pay for science field

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to cut through working for Feds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees and stay flexible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. student intern, hydrology

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at US Geological Survey as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the combination of going out in the field and working in the office. The hands-on training from experienced people was great. The physical office environment was the best I have worked in - clean air, open feeling. I liked the interaction of all the different people in the office. The people were great.
    Another great thing about the job was the flexible work hours - 4 ten-hour days or 5 eight-hour days, and the eight-hour days could start as early as 7:00 to get off by 3:30 (half hour for lunch).

    Cons

    While the training from the experienced employees was great, after the first few months, I was paired more with another student intern who was only somewhat more experienced than I. I felt we both would have learned more if we had each been sent out in the field with an experienced employee.
    I was held back in the office/computer portion of the job - seemingly only because of the time on the job - I had more education and computer aptitude than another intern who was being introduced to the computer analysis software, but since I had been there a shorter time, I was not allowed to start learning it, even though I asked.
    Office politics were a little strange, but it was my first time in such a large office with different teams, so this might be expected.

    Recommends
  11. Great work environment, colleagues and benefits. Management and admin tend to be a disaster.

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    Current Employee - Physical Science Technician
    Current Employee - Physical Science Technician

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, usually laid back, flexible work schedule, flexible work attire, fantastic benefits and colleagues tend to be great, like-minded people.

    Cons

    Constant change, management and administration are usually out of touch with the research staff, for some the travel schedule starts to wear an employee down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark, 1904 (Photo thanks to Flickr user Civillian Scrabble, available under by v2.0)
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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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