National Park Service Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2020

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3.7
78%
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63%
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National Park Service Acting Director  Michael T. Reynolds (no image)
Michael T. Reynolds
40 Ratings
Pros
  • "I get to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth(in 32 reviews)

  • "Visitors are so grateful for the work you do(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some of the visitors to the parks can be hostile and entitled(in 27 reviews)

  • "Low pay and isolated living arrangements(in 23 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "cool"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Construction Manager 

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    fun and adventurous followed by long hours

    Cons

    really hot and back breaking work

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very tough culture to work in"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible mission and hardworking employees

    Cons

    Culture is highly insular and very difficult to work in

  3. "Former Student Trainee"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Porter, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Park Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Loved working outside all day, excellent supervisor, friendly and helpful fellow employees, good pay for the work I did

    Cons

    If the government shuts down you're in trouble

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Classic bureaucratic agency"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Yosemite Village, CA

    I worked at National Park Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great coworkers, enjoy being outside in a beautiful park

    Cons

    it feels as if you are fighting with your employer to accomplish tasks it is so bureaucratic

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    "Very Poorly Managed"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    You'll get to do a lot of work outside of your job description.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care about the Park and this attitude has trickled down to all of the rank and file.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Get Ready to be Hazed"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Park Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    NPS Mission is excellent, makes you feel good to work towards it

    Cons

    Cutthroat to get in to, while the overall mission is awesome likely your individual position mission will make you feel like a corporate slave for half the money

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Park Guide NPS"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Park Guide in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Get to be outside in Nature and enjoy the best of the American public

    Cons

    Professional paralysis caused by federal government bureaucracy

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  8. "Great People"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Truly amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Big age gap, cost of living

  9. "The man"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager 

    I have been working at National Park Service part-time

    Pros

    Great views animals and sunsets

    Cons

    Animals, being outside, bugs, sun

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  10. "Great place to start career"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at National Park Service part-time

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors and do work you are passionate about.

    Cons

    Visitors Can be disrespectful

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