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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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  • "Red tape slows things down a lot" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Federal employment is unlike that in the private sector" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work with some of the most dedicated public servants."

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and very flexible work environment. Everyone is very educated and smart. Next to NASA, EPA has the most educated workforce.

    Cons

    Because this is a regulatory agency, it garners the interest of many outside groups. The work you do can be politicized. Outside political views about the Agency can also be annoying.

    Advice to Management

    At times there are some favoritism towards certain individuals. Stop that.


  2. "Good agency."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible, gym onsite.

    Cons

    Professional development is difficult in my division.

  3. "Great Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Telework
    Benefits
    Performance Awards

    Cons

    Hard to advance
    Senior Management


  4. "very good opportunity for summer intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    people are very nice. You can learn a lot from different professionals. Salary is fine.

    Cons

    No wifi, can't use a personal laptop. Badge processing is way too long.


  5. "Poor management and no resources"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You sometimes get to help the environment

    Cons

    You're more often working with companies to minimize the amount they pollute, not preventing pollution as the ideal.

    Terrible managers and multiple layers of them. I have 4 layers of management before someone can make a decision.

    No resources for training.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Eliminating layers of management is the real draining the swamp we need.


  6. "Budget Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really flexible work schedules. Excellent benefits. Telework.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance career because backlog of people who have yet to retire


  7. "ORISE research participants"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    relatively high stipend compared with any research position at any university

    Cons

    bureaucratic process a little too much

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. Helpful (3)

    "great mission, but the bureaucracy is unbearable, and the managers add no value to the organization"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Review Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Chemical Review Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The compressed work schedule means you get every other Friday off, you get plenty of sick leave and vacation time, you get federal holidays off, the agency has a great mission, the scientists at EPA are bright and passionate, and the health benefits are pretty great.

    Cons

    The administrator is a joke. Idiots work in the EPA press office. The management team add no value whatsoever to the agency. There is heavy bureaucracy and red tape everywhere. Change is slow. A lot of the workforce is "retired in place," meaning they checked out a long time ago and barely do any work. The workload is very heavy with recent budget cuts. No support from the adminstration or Congress. I'm in pesticides--so we have double or triple the workload of every other office. No money for travel, training, office supplies, or business cards. Hard work and talent is not rewarded or recognized in any meaningful way.

    Advice to Management

    For the love of God, fire the incompetents and get some new blood in the federal workforce. Most of the people in middle management hamper progress and add no value to the organization. Cut the bureaucracy. Why does a document have to go through 8 rounds of review to be published?


  9. "EPA Consult"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A very large company to work for

    Cons

    The contract was very short

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Federal Agency with great people but headed in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment; career advancement; training opportunities beyond entry level employment

    Cons

    Change in administration has had a tremendous impact on workforce morale

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there


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