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US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated September 29, 2017
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  • full-time because of the system of hiring (in 5 reviews)

  • Very little to no money for training or travel (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Was a Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Plant Pathology Lab Student Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Plant Pathology Lab Student Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience
    Friendly people
    Flexible hours
    Close to campus

    Cons

    Pay is terrible
    Can become repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Lock down student hours, but increase pay


  2. "Good research industry opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Wide array of interesting things being researched, lots of the research is important for the interests of the country

    Cons

    Favoritism is common
    The only to get a raise is often through applying for a different position, but new positions are created with a specific candidate already in mind

    Advice to Management

    Management's priorities should more closely align with the mission of the USDA, management should try to be more aware of the value of the work happening at the lowest levels of the organization.

  3. "Great full time summer job and part time job for college students"

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Aid
    Former Employee - Biological Science Aid
    Recommends

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time

    Pros

    Easy going workplace, paid national holidays off, very flexible with scheduling if taking classes as well.

    Cons

    No major cons. May involve some manual labor in field, but is very manageable.


  4. "biological science technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time

    Pros

    Great experience with research and lab work as a lab assistant

    Cons

    there were not many cons besides a small work force and not much change in the work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make a more inclusive environment that makes the subsequent units work together and communicate more often


  5. "Good research facility"

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

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers and bosses are all nice and productive; schedules are very flexible

    Cons

    Everything dependent on government budgets, of course, and there is very limited availability for advancement right now


  6. "Research Microbiologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Working at one of the premier animal research facilities in the country, the opportunity exists for one to establish themselves within their given field. Inter-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged, and just like anywhere, there are excellent researchers to work with and have as mentors.

    Cons

    There is a certain level of bureaucracy that seems to be excessive, but it is manageable.
    This could apply to anywhere, but in cases of high turnover in HR, it can make it difficult across the board (filing paperwork to receive funds, bringing new people on board, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    I believe management is doing what it can to help support the research at USDA-ARS. With any Federal position, new presidents and/or annual proposed budgets can have an impact on any given department.


  7. "Hydrologic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Tifton, GA
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Tifton, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work outdoors developing innovative farming practices to produce more crops with less water.

    Cons

    Policies change every two years, new training get in the way of continuing research, too many middle managers and policy setters. Strong Top/Down management structure with little interaction between workers and any management above the immediate supervisor. Visioning and mission statements tend to change often.

    Advice to Management

    Do not change policy unless it will have long term benefits for productivity having been tested within the organization on a small scale with multiple parties involved.

  8. "Difficult Funding situation"

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

    Pros

    Lots of holidays and time off. good work/life balance. Challenging problems faced and overcome, good experience

    Cons

    Little to no funding for projects, current administration does not value science. Not currently hiring new positions

    Advice to Management

    Put more funding into government science, and less into the military


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    maintaining instruments in a good shape

    Cons

    low salary for post docs from other countries


  10. "USDA ARS"

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

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    The pay is below industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Make pay comparable to industry standard


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