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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work-life balance I've ever experienced, but with excellent support I still accomplished more here than at any other position (in 38 reviews)

  • Recently added work from home program, thus, employees can (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Typical of most government jobs with lots of red tape (in 14 reviews)

  • Federal employment is unlike that in the private sector (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "What I learned about the EPA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are very good benefits..

    Cons

    Benefits are going to be cut.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Great place to work, slow at times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, competent colleagues, great organizational mission, can feel like you're making a real difference, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Can be slow at times, depending on direction from the top, management can be slow to respond to innovative ideas because everything must be run up the hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    Keep your staff busy!


  3. "Good place to work for underachievers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's really easy work. IE. there isn't much work to do. Most people spend their time chatting it up around the water cooler. If you aspire to underachieve in your life, this is an excellent place to cash in.

    Cons

    You have to put in a bunch of time before you can expect to make any money. They don't value education. You start at a low GS and slowly work you way up based on tenure, not job performance. I would not recommend pursuing a career with the EPA if you have a graduate education as they will start you at the same level of an undergrad. They don't have a way to value higher education or outside work experience. Therefore, if you're fresh out of undergrad with no work experience, I would be worth your time to clock-in-clock-out and climb a few GS grades. Otherwise, don't bother.

    Advice to Management

    Not your fault, just a huge bureaucratic mess that rewards employees based on tenure and not on performance.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, a dedicated workforce, opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    Because Congress never passes a budget on time, it's difficult to manage resources effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Trust career employees -- they know their jobs. They will help you but you have to let them help you.


  6. "Quaint"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, work with some people who are passionate about the environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Too easy-going at times, the technology was way behind (we were working off Windows 7 towards the end of 2016...), people move too slow to be effective

    Advice to Management

    Preach efficiency


  7. "Good place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting and Budget Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Accounting and Budget Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and good hours

    Cons

    There is nothing I can say about the US EPA


  8. "Decent for entry level position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very open to talk to and meet with the ORISE interns, and we are afforded tons of flexibility within the office.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth.
    The interns can get very complacent.


  9. "Great for raising a family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great for raising a family. Lots of flexibility and time off. Good salary.

    Cons

    Boring, beaurocratic, little mobility,

    Advice to Management

    Be fair, stop the favoritism.


  10. "Overall great experience."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Protection Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My position allows me the opportunity to travel to projects with a variety of environmental sampling from fish to sediment.

    Cons

    The buracaracy of working with the federal government can be overwhelming. Seeming redundant platforms and training can waste a good amount of the workday.

    Advice to Management

    Fully support your staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicles & Energy Efficiency Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Wonderful place to work the past +16 years! Thought unfortunately this new Administration is trying to strip the Agency of its sole purpose and mission.

    Cons

    - New Administration... enough said! Unfortunate that the EPA is the scapegoat for this Administration, which claims that the EPA is ultimately the reason that more jobs do not exist in the U.S., which is clearly incorrect. The protection EPA provides around human health AND jobs clearly provides significantly greater benefits.

    Advice to Management

    It's pretty simple- uphold the mission of the EPA in protecting human health and the environment... enough said!



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