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"A good place to work for people who like to pretend to accomplish goals."

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

I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

The federal government has pretty good benefits, although new employees pay higher amounts into the pension program. In general the co-workers are good people and will make coming to work still worth the effort.

Cons

Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person. Typically they know little about the land they were hired to manage. Hence you will accomplish little other than trying to make their performance look good to their boss.

Advice to Management

Unfortunately, agency leadership will continue to promote those who tell a good story but actually accomplish very little. Most employees would be excited to work for a leader who knows forest management and actually enables active effective forest management.

Other Employee Reviews for USDA Forest Service

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience!"

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    Former Employee - Contracting
    Former Employee - Contracting
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great family environment and beautiful locations!!

    Cons

    Budget cuts and very hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Train young employees!!!


  2. "Positive work environment"

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    Current Intern - Civil Engineer
    Current Intern - Civil Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked with the Forest Service as an engineering intern for almost two years and I find that most people are happy with their jobs. It shows in the positive and laid back teamwork environment that seems to reflect people's passion for managing our nation's natural resources. I also like the interdisciplinary aspect that allows people to cross over into different disciplines when working with different departments. The variety of locations and work/life balance along with good benefits are great incentives as well.

    Cons

    The downside due to budget cuts is that outside of firefighting or other common job titles, it can be very difficult to move into a desired permanent position as opportunities seem to be few and far between, and especially for engineering. Also, most likely you'll probably need to be willing to move anywhere in order to find a permanent position. The new Pathways program for students took away the automatic conversion to permanent status, but that's also true for most federal jobs now.

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