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US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Good comp time policy to facilitate work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Good benefits, such as retirement accounts (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • full-time because of the system of hiring (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of job variety, responsibility and upward mobility (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for college students.

    Cons

    Government politics can determine work load


  2. "Nice company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bartlett, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bartlett, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment in every work aspect. Mr B Cole, Mrs Angela Mr Steve Mr Mike Mr Reggie Mr Robbie Mr Ray

    Cons

    Wish I can work more hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Great Job


  3. "systems administrator"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    extremely organized and efficient. great communications.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons, other than parking issues.

    Advice to Management

    none, i was very happy there.


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  5. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Student Lab Assistant in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Student Lab Assistant in Athens, GA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Highly experienced staff, interesting research, great culture

    Cons

    tedious work, under funded


  6. "Former student research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Beltsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid-back, comfortable work environment with flexible hours. Coworkers are friendly and genuinely interested in their research, always willing to help another staff member. Solid entry into the research world. Very willing to help students gain experience too.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of room for growth within the company...it seems like you have to put in a decent amount of time doing the basic work before you can really take on your own projects or even a higher position within a team

    Advice to Management

    Hear out your staff needs. The work environment is great but there could be more professional development opportunities.


  7. "enumerator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a lot of things about farming. Meet a lot of people.

    Cons

    Need to learn a lot.


  8. "Biological Science"

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Stoneville, MS
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Stoneville, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will never have a boring day at work. The staff is great!.

    Cons

    I worked as a temp; I had experience in fields planting greenhouse irrigation. I should of got paid more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours to work, great pay and good benefits. Projects are interesting and crop focused. Most projects done in teams.

    Cons

    I was on a term appointment and these can be limited. Funding was discontinued, so I had to find a new job. Tons of paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see more smoothing out between the USDA and the university in terms of e-mail and parking, this was very problematic for a term employee.


  10. "usda work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    easier workload and it is highly equipped facility

    Cons

    too much paperwork and access to the labs takes forever

    Advice to Management

    na


  11. "Good work life and home life balance"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    The health benefits and vacation and sick leave are exceptional. The flexible work schedule is also a bonus. The benefits makes balancing work and family responsibilities very manageable.

    Cons

    Technicians aren't given credit on published papers despite doing all of the sample collection and analysis of data.


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