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Natural Resources Conservation Service Reviews

Updated Dec 29, 2019

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3.0
52%
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51%
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Natural Resources Conservation Service Associate Chief  Leonard Jordan
Leonard Jordan
17 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "The work comes from outside NRCS and that is who sets the bottom line(in 4 reviews)

  • "Many disgruntled employees in the field offices(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Assistant/Earth Team Volunteer at NRCS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours Worked with students' schedule Friendly workplace environment

    Cons

    Was not able to continue to work there after graduating from college

    Advice to Management

    Great place for a college student to gain valuable experience

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2018-04-26
  2. "NRCS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist 

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time

    Pros

    Annual leave accumulation, good clients and coworkers at the field level, ability to move up in position

    Cons

    Old technology, no input from the field level taken by leadership, leadership is majorly disconnected from the field, excessive paperwork and high office presence

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your field employees, they can redefine the agency

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-12-30
  3. "Great mission, incompetent leaders, major group think, extraordinarily old-timey/"traditional" culture"

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

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great mission of helping the environment - Large agency with a lot of interesting work - High potential for impact if you can keep incompetent employees and leaders from getting involved - Work/life balance

    Cons

    Stay away from this agency if you value yourself. It's not worth the time, energy or headache. - This agency has the most incompetent, conflict-avoidant, and unimaginative leaders I have ever seen and worked with in my career - Good, high-performing young people are propelled out of headquarters because they get tired of beating their heads against walls trying to make improvements, however small - Poor vision, organization and people skills - Status quo mentality - Spectacular groupthink - A "yes" culture that breeds fear, back-stabbing office politics, and destroys employee morale - Leaders say the "right" things, but don't produce results - State leaders and headquarters managers are weak across the board and will openly undermine each other whenever advantageous - The culture is often openly inappropriate, as when employees openly talk about politics, drinking on the job (during former Chief Jordan's retirement celebration during the work day, senior leaders publicly joked and reminisced about drinking alcohol on the job and in a government vehicle when they worked in the field) or share inappropriate personal information - I've heard about and witnessed illegal or extremely ethically dubious actions

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    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-12-23
  4. "Natural resources conservation service employee"

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    Current Employee - Wetland Biologist in Grand Island, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Set schedule, good benefits, flexible time off, good coworkers

    Cons

    It's big government, so unable to change policy to meet real world issues, poor performing people often promoted out of office since it's really hard to fire someone. It's a farm welfare agency disguised as conservation.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-10-10
  5. "Not what it seems"

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    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist 

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are nice, you get to know local producers

    Cons

    Job is closer to agronomy than environmental science. You will spend 90% of your time behind a computer filling out poorly designed paperwork

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-08-28
  6. "Big Government and Little Pay Off"

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    Former Employee - Soil Conservationist 

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time

    Pros

    When not in the field, the work was relaxed.

    Cons

    -Good ol' boy agency -Ineffective -You don't really need to understand anything scientific as the job is mostly following a formula -Customers just want their check...

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-07-30
  7. "NRCS ENGINEER"

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    Former Employee - Agricultural Engineer 

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues were great to work with

    Cons

    Low pay and not much work to do

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to retain engineers

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2019-04-29
  8. "Agricultural/Civil Engineering Trainee"

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    Agricultural/Civil Engineering Student Trainee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Natural Resources Conservation Service for less than a year

    Pros

    Every member of the agency I had the pleasure to meet was extremely nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, as with any public agency, the bureaucracy can be very frustrating and things take forever to get done.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2018-09-26
  9. "Biologist"

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    Biologist in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Pros

    Work life balance, leave amount

    Cons

    Great place to start, not much room to move up

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2018-08-30
  10. "Some good aspects, not all."

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    Administrative Program Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Pros

    Nice people. Disfunctional Human Resources.

    Cons

    Hampered by “that’s government” attitude.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service2018-07-11
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