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National Park Service Reviews

Updated September 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work in beautiful places with people who love the outdoors" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Beautiful work environment with the friendliest fellow employees and great experiences" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is difficult to get a full time position with NPS" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Low pay for expectations of job" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Park Ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Outside area that is very pleasant

    Cons

    Non-stop questions from idiotic people

    Advice to Management

    Respect time off requests


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security , flexible schedule,

    Cons

    Government employees, lacks progressive thinking

    Advice to Management

    Stop operating like you always have

  3. "Park Ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Supportive staff. Open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Hard to get permanent positions!


  4. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Decent Pay
    Steady
    Good People
    Non profit

    Cons

    Supervisor was very racist.
    Management is very fake.
    Poor Communication


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great people, flexible hours, important mission, good benefits. Great place to start a career and understand how big organizations work.

    Cons

    Hard to move up the career ladder. Promotions basically nonexistent. Positions / job duties not always well thought out.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on organizational structure / integrating 21st century needs and workforce management techniques. Listen to employees who are on the lines actually doing work & how they work best.


  6. "Park Guide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    loved my fellow rangers and working in the outdoors! they call the NPS "America's best idea" for good reason

    Cons

    If you want to stay with the NPS, you're going to have to deal with moving around a lot. It's very difficult to get a permanent position.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, Good people, very good benefits.

    Cons

    The Smithsonian is stealing some of our best folks!

    Advice to Management

    Change is good--Embrace it.

  8. "Looking back: retired from the NPS"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible to be paid to work in a national park. Amazing colleagues. Preservation of cultural resources as a mission - amazing.

    Cons

    Don't know what it is like now with new directions, changes in policy and focus on resource extraction, Etc.


  9. "summary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    working outside and getting fresh air

    Cons

    could wind up dying on the job

    Advice to Management

    we are going backwards not forward


  10. "brief"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    NPS mission is a great mission

    Cons

    very good place to work


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