US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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US Agricultural Research Service Secretary Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack
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  • "Political scapegoating from Congress over the past 4-5 years(in 7 reviews)

  • "the work environment was sometimes hostile(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Palmyra, MO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Very nice coworkers to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes was boring and tough to find jobs to do on slow days.

  2. "Good place to work, great opportunities for growth for young people"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Communications Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth if you are young and motivated. Many travel opportunities and interaction with other departments and agencies. Supportive HR, colleagues and teams.

    Cons

    Can be slow and bureaucratic at times.

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  3. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Statistician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work with dedicated colleagues and opportunities to create knowledge for the good of all US citizens.

    Cons

    You are always at a risk of being adversely affected when politicians in D.C. threaten (or perform) a government shutdown.

  4. "GS-11"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow 
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Agricultural Research Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Hours, Decent Pay, Good Vacation

    Cons

    Slow to get things done, a lot of training required

  5. "They are the government"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Molecular Biolo in Albany, CA

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

    Pros

    Big Goverment. Good support for research. Good security.

    Cons

    Hard to get hired. Lot's of bureaucracy.

  6. "Great Experience!"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Internship in Athens, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hands on experience in the field of research

    Cons

    Not a chance to grow/ develop past internship description

  7. "Great job where I gained knowledge."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Agriculture Business Professional in Santa Paula, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service part-time

    Pros

    I learned many skills such as office tasks and lab duties.

    Cons

    Very big and didn't get to network as much.

  8. "Quite place to do some science"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Albany, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    supports scientific travel and organizes seminars on site.

    Cons

    Networking is not available on site since there is no lunge area.

  9. "Good, if you have the right supervisor"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Biological Research Technician in Parlier, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a government job for better or worse

    Cons

    You are working with government lifers

  10. "Don't work here"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Temple, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None this place has been destroyed by the current leadership.

    Cons

    Leadership is crap. This will not be a good place to work until Phyllis Fong is replaced.

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