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US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated November 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. "Good place to work, appreciated the leadership"

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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

    Consistent and respectable direction provided

    Cons

    It's a government agency, not as conscious as i'd like


  2. "Biological Science Aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Paid vacation and sick days

    Cons

    No overtime, ever. Not that great of pay.

  3. "Great Company and Great People"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Byron, GA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Byron, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved being able to do my own thing but still have enough structure to stay busy as needed. The people become like family and it is just a great atmosphere to be apart of. I would love to go back.

    Cons

    Summertime you have summer help and some of the workers can make you work more than necessary because you have to 'babysit' them.

    Advice to Management

    Worked there over 5 years and moved up in pay every year. My boss really noticed how hard I worked and the effort I put into my job.


  4. "It's Ok."

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    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Stoneville, MS
    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Stoneville, MS
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You get benefits and paid annual leave. There are fun activities you can be apart of besides doing work.
    Your experience depends on who your supervisor is or which unit/department you work in.
    Participation in non-work related events optional. Not everyone celebrates the same things.

    Cons

    If you don't stay on office personnel or people in the business department, your paperwork can get messed up or lost.

    Avoid office gossip and you'll be fine.

    Advice to Management

    Give non long term workers options for growth in the company.
    Make sure that office and business personnel don't lose people's paperwork.
    Continue to make participation in non-work related events optional. Not everyone celebrates the same things.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "Good research facility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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


  10. "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.


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