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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2019

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3.5
66%
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Roy Elicker (no image)
Roy Elicker
6 Ratings
  1. "Work/Life Balance + Competitive Salary/Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - The people you work with are genuinely dedicated to the agency's mission and many love their jobs. - The compensation and benefits packages are highly competitive for most entry-level jobs (less so for highly skilled and/or management positions). - Most employees report a high level of freedom and autonomy as they travel through the state conducting research and performing their duties - Only a small handful of staff seem stressed/overworked. The vast majority of co-workers I interact with on a daily basis appear to be managing their workload just fine.

    Cons

    - Jobs can come and go as the state legislature adds/removes sources of funding. - Occasionally you have to rely on assistance from other staff who are...less than helpful. - Customers can sometimes become hostile and angry.

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2019-07-21
  2. "Solid pay and benefits compliment satisfying work, dependent on work location"

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    Current Employee - Experimental Biological Aid in Clackamas, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay for the life and conservation sciences. Can provide opportunitjes for entry-level workers to interact with high-level biologists and state employees, as well as opportunities to tag along with crews conducting more technical work. Strong union representation. Good internal job-search engine for current employees, including seasonal employees.

    Cons

    Opportunities are limited, especially well-earning permanent positions. Work and working environment change very, very drastically between locations. Employees tend to be outwardly socially conservative, aggressively so in rural areas. Ultimate directors of agency are appointed as opposed to being voted in or hired in a traditional manner, making for wild swings in agency direction and policies enforced, and the possibility of working under someone you do not believe is fit for the position, let alone respectable.

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2019-05-15
  3. "Fish & Wildlife Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time

    Pros

    Fun job working in nature. Hiked and kayaked extensive areas of the Columbia river tributaries.

    Cons

    Government work with lots of political hoops to jump through.

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2018-07-20
  4. "ODFW Seasonal work"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Pros

    Relaxed. On water, fun, good people, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Boring when boats aren't coming in, smelly

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2018-03-02
  5. "Dream job turns into disaster"

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will bond with colleagues who are also desperately trying to find some semblance of organization amongst the chaos. You’ll be able to network for open jobs within other organizations through your colleagues who are also seeking employment elsewhere.

    Cons

    Inept management. Poor Human Resources and Payroll divisions. Aside from the complete lack of management abilities in the Information and Education division, there also seems to be inexplicable shortcomings in the payroll division and a disturbing inability to lead from even the highest up in the agency.

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    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2018-02-01
  6. "Unbalanced workloads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time

    Pros

    Majority of the staff have a passion for protecting and preserving fish and wildlife in the state.

    Cons

    There are some departments that are overwhelmed with the amount of workload, while others struggle to find thing to do.

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    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2017-02-05
  7. "Lean Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people, free parking, new building,very supportive

    Cons

    Older employees do not like change, afraid of technology, not really supportive of process improvement.

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    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2016-11-07
  8. "Port Sampler"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Pros

    Inside look at how the states fish and wildlife are managed. Get to see some really cool fish. Good pay and benefits. Easy to talk to co-workers. Flexibility with the schedule. Always more work with different people.

    Cons

    As a port sampler, your job is relied on how well the fishing is and how many boats go out fishing. When the weather turns sour, you have no work. You literally just sit in the car and read or just walk around. You do run into the folks in the community that do not like ODFW, but you just stay professional and go on about your day. Don't let it get you personally.

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2016-10-22
  9. "Public Service Rep 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good leadership which creates a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Work comes in stages. There are times when there is more work to do than people to do it, other times not enough work to stay busy. Not much room for advancement.

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    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2016-03-11
  10. "Mitigation Tech"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Pros

    Really good people to work with.

    Cons

    Same as most government jobs, can be really slow to get anything done.

    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife2015-10-22

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