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US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated January 25, 2019
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  • "budget cuts, building facilities are outdated" (in 4 reviews)

  • "I feel like we have a family here, but upper management (at Area, Business Center, and HQ level) is terrible" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Fellow in Beltsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very friendly environment, great work

    Cons

    can't think of any cons at the moment


  2. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, and you get a lot of autonomy to get projects done. The benefits are very good, and the work schedule is very flexible. Pace can be slow at times, but you are allowed to pursue other interests to cultivate skills.

    Cons

    There is a hard ceiling within the grade scale I am in, and it can be very frustrating. The only way to move up, is to transfer to a different location, or department of government.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, interesting research and work

    Cons

    work can be mundane, working with chemicals


  4. "General Engineer"

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

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    This position was field oriented, interactive, and flexible

    Cons

    The biggest con to this position was poor training and low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees and get rid of those not doing their job


  5. "working for the usda"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits working for the federal government.

    Cons

    In my situation there were sometimes long days with no over-time.


  6. "Research/Library and Information Sciences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - The mission is critically important for the welfare of the nation.
    - The work is challenging.
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    Cons

    - Given all the laws and regulations around HR, it can be very difficult to hire the right people with the right skills
    - Little career development attention for the majority of the staff
    - Hiring freezes have left a huge percentage of vacancies -- which means many people have to hold down multiple jobs (no overtime either)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff development and develop career paths for everyone.


  7. "Specialist Biophysics"

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    Former Employee - Biophysicist in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Biophysicist in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good pay with set times for a raise

    Cons

    Bad leave time always during holidays

  8. "Research Biologist"

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    Current Employee - Research Biologist in Fort Pierce, FL
    Current Employee - Research Biologist in Fort Pierce, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friend environment, supportive staff and administration

    Cons

    None aware of, nor work not long enough to realize yet

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, but a lot of bureaucracy"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and pre-determined times for raises, etc.
    Pay rates are public and available online
    Friendly people, good work environment.

    Cons

    Lots of conflicting rules set up by people aiming at politicians (but all employees must follow them)
    Government shutdowns or budget cuts can interfere with work getting done.
    Hard to hire people because there is a long process.

    Advice to Management

    Direct management is doing a great job.


  10. "Look Elsewhere if in Midwest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    -Depending on location you'll have access to a variety of research projects.

    Cons

    -Budget woes make the outlook dim.