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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Red tape slows things down a lot" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Senior management has a tendency to make promises of permanent positions via their own networks to fresh graduates , and often fail to deliver" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    great place for career growth

    Cons

    focus tend to shift with changing policies, which is typical in government agencies


  2. "Overall Good Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Research Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good array of accomplished coworkers. Quality work environment and location.

    Cons

    Internal advancement is difficult. Job direction is politically tied to government trajectory.

  3. "Great mission but bureaucracy gums up the works"

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    Former Employee - Entomologist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Entomologist in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    -Agency has a good mission
    -If you stick around long enough, you can shape policy
    -Looks good on a resume
    -They have real scientists working here
    -Last administrator is gone

    Cons

    Innovation comes here to die so don't arrive with ambition, this place will kill it.
    They BARELY hire enough help, ever. You'll always be way behind in workload.
    Heavy burden of paperwork! This agency kills so many trees because it refuses to evolve.
    Too many processes which are burdensome and cumbersome. The agency moves at the speed of continents.
    Favoritism: If you are in good with your BC, you can get away with doing nothing all day such as sleeping on the job which I've observed with someone I worked with closely.
    Lack of training/education; come in and learn on your own and learn the complexities.
    Antiquated computer systems, they might as well use TRS-80's to do the work.
    Antiquated processes: See above. We still use paper and shuffle paper and loose paper. We love jackets of paper and we love not going electronic.
    Bad management: from the director level all the way up to the administrator.
    TERM employees are treated badly and like 2nd class citizens while given empty promises of long term employment only to be shoved out the door. If you are considering a TERM position with the government, don't! You will not be valued.
    The only thing that is efficient here are the soda machines because they are privately owned.
    The EPA is just too big to function and can't get out of it's own way.

    Advice to Management

    The government does not listen to advice and if it did, it would get squashed in the bureaucracy silliness and stupidity that makes this agency limp. It will take 10 more administrations to bring the EPA up to 2019 standards.


  4. "A solid place to work."

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher
    Former Employee - Student Researcher

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get involved in multiple different projects.
    Friendly work environment.
    Great knowledgable coworkers.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than average.
    Everything seems to move slowly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok if it's your first job out of college. Not so much if you want to move ahead."

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a good start and they treat you decently.

    Cons

    This is an old boy's network. You won't move ahead unless you are hooked up. Seen it in every office I worked in there. Be cautious if you are interviewing for anything higher than a 14. These are most likely pegged for someone and not worth you taking the time off to interview.

    Advice to Management

    You keep hiring people based on who you are friends with and not who has the best experience.


  6. "Great core values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    dedicated employees who believe they are making the world a better place

    Cons

    difficult to be innovative and do things outside the box


  7. "Attorney-Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers; great work-life balance

    Cons

    Many changes in leadership recently

  8. "Agency has fell on hard times"

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

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

    Pros

    The mission is the best thing about the agency

    Cons

    The current administration makes it hard to accomplish much


  9. "Excellent benefits"

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

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, pay, gym

    Cons

    Funding uncertainty, currently few positions available

    Advice to Management

    Try to boost morale in times of uncertainty


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working for The Donald"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Helping the planet, when they let you

    Cons

    How can you survive this place without cognitive dissonance? New administration comes in and asks you to undo everything you did the last 8 years.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the experts