U.S. Department of Agriculture Employee Reviews about "red tape"

Updated Dec 7, 2020

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
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  • "Typical government red tape; slow(in 13 reviews)

  • "consistent long hours and possibly 7 day per week work schedule(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Acquisition Intern 

    I worked at U.S. Department of Agriculture part-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with and learned a lot from the organization

    Cons

    Typical government red tape; slow

  2. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Soil Conservationist in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits Pay Co Workers Bosses

    Cons

    Dealing with public can be hard and red tape


  3. "Great Career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great agency to work for; good people top to bottom.

    Cons

    Some slightly myopic policy in regards to IT and the red tape that comes with being a Federal agency can be a real nightmare. Their telework policy is a problem as well.

  4. "Researcher"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture part-time

    Pros

    Great people. I learned a lot from my boss and coworkers, as they were always willing to answer my questions

    Cons

    A government job, so comes with the expected red tape, and other cons that come with any government job

  5. "Biological Science Technician"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Grand Forks, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mostly some decent health benefits

    Cons

    TERRIBLE place to work! TERRIBLE pay with no opportunity for advancement. Management is terrible too; they are blind to what people really do at work (i.e. how hard people actually work) - they need to get out of the dark ages. Basically, this is where innovation and ideas go to die. The beurocracy and red tape is the worst - everywhere you turn, you are denied something, and it's always Washington D.C's fault...

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  6. "Marketing Specialist at a GS Scale"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and good learning experience

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is insane - red tape is everywhere. Nobody is willing to be interesting or creative or come up with new ideas. Do your work and keep your head down; there's no point in being original or working hard because everyone moves up at a snails point. Pointless work all the time with occasional assignments worth your time.

  7. "Good People, Horrible Bureaucracy"

    2.0
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    Former Intern - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working alongside most of my coworkers, and my direct superiors were fantastic. In addition, the flexibility to telework at times, and flex my schedule was a definite plus.

    Cons

    There is so much bureaucratic red tape that it is impossible for competent, well intentioned individuals to accomplish much of value. In addition, numerous fractured info systems without the ability to talk to one another lead to overuse of spreadsheets populated by manual entry.

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  8. "Work Here"

    4.0
    Public Affairs Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at U.S. Department of Agriculture for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional Development Opportunities were always available

    Cons

    It's the government.. Lots of red tape.

  9. "Acquisitions"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, good leave, telworking

    Cons

    salary cap, red tape, public scrutiny

  10. "Loan Specialist"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits as well as opportunities for promotions throughout your career. Opportunity to help rural residents and develop communities.

    Cons

    Huge workload and difficult to meet timeframes as required by government regulations. A lot of red tape on every project.

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