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Updated February 12, 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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    • Senior Management
    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. "Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Very nice place to work.

    Cons

    It is a government pay scale.

  3. "Trying very hard to protect health"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Career staff are very good at their jobs and understand policy. Work life is flexible.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to manage up and get promoted in the government.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff


  4. "Regulatory Agency"

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    Current Employee - Regulations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regulations in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Agency mission is still relevant - ecosystem protection
    Ability to serve and protect the general public
    Advantage of working with like-minded colleagues and managers

    Cons

    Federal Government so unavoidable bureaucracy
    Promotion opportunities may be limited after certain grade levels
    Project visibility may prove selective or exclusive at times for a chosen few

    Advice to Management

    Good supervisors remain accessible leaders who are fair, open and understanding of differing opinions, opportunities and options that help both the agency and its employees


  5. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees. Lots of cross-disciplinary work. Room for creativity. Always learning. A lot of teamwork - the projects almost always rely upon many people working and thinking together.

    Cons

    It is a hierarchical organization, even when full of collaboration and even though there are many great opportunities for new employees to make a difference and to have room to be creative. Current political leadership may be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Involve people. Focus on where EPA can make a real difference. Continue to recognize there are often multiple perspectives to consider.


  6. "Used to be a great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great, dedicated. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    The new management is opposed to our mission and rubs it in our face. Pushing people out and not hiring needed staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to staff, you want to play your political games go ahead, but we know when your lying so just stop.


  7. "So-called staff scientist at EPA"

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

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

    Pros

    Networking opportunities and (stability) prior to 1/2017

    Cons

    Emphasis on policy rather than science; general instability

    Advice to Management

    No comment.

  8. "Public Service in NYC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to apply your knowledge, skills and abilities to complex technical projects. The outcome is clearly visible and tangible: improved public health, communities and environment.

    Cons

    Low staff morale, continuously diminishing funding, fewer and fewer professional Low staff morale, continuously diminishing funding, diminishing professional training opportunities and chances to attend professional meetings and conferences, reducing workforce leading to increasing workloads and more demanding management.

    Advice to Management

    1. Provide more opportunities for professional training and attending professional meetings and conferences. 2. Install and maintain cloud-based advanced technical and scientific software tools. Make the tools available to technical staff instead of purchasing software separately by each separate organizational element.


  9. "Life Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Protection Agency full-time

    Pros

    Incredible mission, lots of room for growth, especially compared to other agencies, large, complex problems

    Cons

    bureaucracy, administration that is embroiled in controversy, lack of direction from the administration, some staff and managers are not engaged

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you pick for management positions; make sure they have the emotional intelligence skills, consult your staff for insight and direction because they are experts at what they do, set your own priorities when the administration is unable to.


  10. "Good mission, good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, dedicated people and an honorable mission (to protect human health and the environment). Good work/life balance, great benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the agency's work can be very political at times, and you have to deal with bureaucracy. Also, with the change in Administration, things are likely different now than from when I worked there.


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