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Environmental Protection Agency Reviews

Updated June 23, 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)

  • some flexible work options, motivated work environment with great people (in 17 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 10 reviews)

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  1. "good to bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Divisional Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Divisional Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Doing things for the right reasons... decisions based on evidence and science

    Cons

    It's been politicized by the new Administration


  2. "Worst Agency Ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since they are part of the federal government, they have good pay and benefits, but don't expect much else.

    Cons

    They promote from within. In the off chance that you do get hired from the outside, it is most likely because you knew someone, so don't expect to become part of the "within" crowd. HR consistently breaks the federal hiring laws, especially Vet Preference. Management belief is that veteran's shouldn't have a hiring preference, and will spend extra time to be able to hire a non-veteran over a veteran.

    Advice to Management

    When headquarters decided to move HR to RTP, NC, Las Vegas, NV, and Cincinnati, OH, they unknowingly created three HR nightmares with no oversight. They need to move all HR back to headquarters where there is proper oversight.

  3. "Quaint"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  4. "Good place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. "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.


  6. "Great for raising a family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. "Overall great experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicles & Energy Efficiency Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  9. "Greate place to work !"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Database Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work time is very flexible

    Cons

    I think more communication in here will be better


  10. "EPA is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission is rewarding, people are great

    Cons

    Risk Adverse at times, policy moves slow


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