Environmental Protection Agency Employee Reviews about "red tape"
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- "Bad management: from the director level all the way up to the administrator." (in 30 reviews)
- "The work is frequently boring and the managers are frequently incompetent." (in 18 reviews)
- "The flavor of the monthis embraced by senior management with unquestioning vigor." (in 7 reviews)
- "lack of leadership and detail opportunities" (in 6 reviews)
- "Bad work/life balance, culture of overworking" (in 5 reviews)
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Updated Nov 28, 2023
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- 1.0Oct 24, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsPhiladelphia, PA
flexiplace, hours, etc..but almost all fed gov jobs these days offer work at home and flexible schedules
Senior managers there too long, advancement involves being in social clubs, supervisors play favorites, Hires family members and friends of their family, they find a way around the red tape of nepotism. Really no chance of advancement unless you know someone The IG needs to investigate the place, Bad hiring practices.3
- 4.0Jun 2, 2014Environmental Protection SpecialistCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsBoston, MA
Of the ten EPA Regions, Region 1 has a reputation for hard work and innovation. This reputation is partly earned to the innovative nature of New England states, which also strive to craft new strategies for tackling environmental problems. Consequently, new environmental initiatives, tools and programs are born in New England with surprising frequency. The majority of Region 1 EPA staff are highly educated and share a mission-oriented view of their job, meaning that they work for more than the money, they want to make a difference in the world. Other pros include a family-friendly schedule that allows staff to come early and leave early or telecommute.
The salary at EPA, while higher than nonprofit organizations, is less than those offered by private sector jobs. The federal government is also shrinking due to the ongoing Sequestration so it's very hard to get a job and even harder (practically impossible) to advance in the organization. More disconcerting, is the internal red-tape, slow pace of change, and increasing paralysis due to concerns of negative political attacks. Despite this, smart people working together do offer value to communities and businesses.1
- 3.0May 30, 2023Environmental Protection SpecialistCurrent EmployeeWashington, DC
Full salary transparency, decent work-life balance
Lots of red tape, limited room for growth
- 3.0Jun 20, 2018Chemical Review ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsArlington, VA
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.
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.7