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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Federal"

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    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant GS in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant GS in Springfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the job, good people to work with and able to learn some new things.

    Cons

    Not enough work to do.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to delegate.


  2. "Great stepping stone, not a lifetime career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to work from home up to three days per week.

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential within specific job, no early advancements.

  3. "USDA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service full-time

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Low government wages, constant fear of government reduction


  4. "Typical Govt position."

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist
    Current Employee - Microbiologist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent supervisory support. stable for the most part. good benefits.

    Cons

    the higher up in management you go, the less science they understand or prioritize. very political. wastes tons of money.


  5. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work that can lead to advances in profession.

    Cons

    Some challenges difficult to change in Fed Gov

    Advice to Management

    Look to Google and other Silicon Valley companies for innovation


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission, Poor Career Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great learning atmosphere, clearance

    Cons

    There is little room to move up. No growth potential. In order to go up in the government here, you have to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those inside before bringing in others from the outside. Please take the initiative to hire loyal term employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity for Public Service"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Riverdale, MD
    Current Employee - Writer in Riverdale, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    My job has awesome benefits and I work with very understanding staff. Even in responding to emergencies people at the Agency know how to manage work/life balance. The Agency does important work for keeping American agriculture safe.

    Cons

    A lot of employees telework, so sometimes the office can seem empty. As with any federal environment, there are a high number of tenured employees who seem unmotivated and/or tired. But the Agency supports leadership at all levels and offers a myriad of opportunities for coaching, leadership development, and promotion potential that anyone could take advantage of.

  8. "Comfortable Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was a fairly relaxed, office position. It was a good summer job with possible routes to careers in similar areas. The staff was exceptionally kind and helpful.

    Cons

    On a day to day basis, the work was not terribly engaging. For an intern, there was lots of miscellaneous office work and spreadsheet updating.


  9. "Update"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great travel freedom and mileage

    Cons

    To rigid for a freelance type

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale is not the greatest


  10. "Typical Gov't Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, easygoing office, approachable senior management, supports career growth, good online training system, painless business travel, flexible telework options available

    Cons

    Lower wage than equivalent jobs in the private sector, some unclear instruction on basic training and procedures, slow response to requests on individualized career guidance

    Advice to Management

    Keep being your great selves when it comes to being friendly, approachable, and keeping your eyes on the agency's overall missions. When requesting reports, try to avoid last-minute requests when possible, and provide clearer instruction when requesting ad hoc items


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