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US Agricultural Research Service Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits/work-life balance, if you have a supervisor who will let you use them (in 15 reviews)

  • Federal job standards, good benefits, and fair working hours (in 14 reviews)

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

  • This structure can be very limiting, especially in a time of harsh budget cuts and hiring freezes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, may need to be self-motivated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    Really nice people. Team emphasis to research, with scientists' goals to help farmers and advance science, not personal glory. This means that people share and collaborate readily. Good comp time policy to facilitate work-life balance. Good benefits, such as retirement accounts.

    Cons

    Working in the government can be a pain, such as rules that say you have to spend 6X more by buying equipment from an approved supplier vs. on eBay. Many of us just bought our equipment with our own money. If you are not self-motivated (and keep your goals in mind), the slower pace of a government institution can lull you into slacking on your research.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate with local universities (talks, seminars, etc.) to keep people feeling like they are scholars and motivate them to strive towards challenging research goals.


  2. "Interesting Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, stimulating and impactful...

    Cons

    Management and communication inefficiencies, government


  3. "New to Federal System"

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    Current Employee - Agricultural Engineer
    Current Employee - Agricultural Engineer

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

    Pros

    Federal job standards, good benefits, and fair working hours.

    Cons

    Can be slow and bureaucratically cumbersome at times.


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  5. "Great research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great environment for R&D projects. Good salary , benefits. work life balance. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    cant think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  6. "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


  7. "No Promotions, no considerationt for IT's recommendations"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall lay back environment, teleworking and government benefits such as health insurance and retirement.

    Cons

    Anyone with no knowledge of IT but with a PhDs gets to make decisions for the network administrators. Lack of support from OCIO regarding enforcement of IT policies. PhDs have administrative passwords to their computers and others which creates unnecessary extra work for ITs after they manage to damage the computers.

    Advice to Management

    Move the supervision of location's ITs to personnel with IT knowledge. Scientist and administrative officers often have no idea of what administering a network or service computers involves.


  8. "USDA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Agricultural Research Service full-time

    Pros

    good work experiences with analytical skills

    Cons

    the government hard to get things done


  9. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hours and flexibility with time off.

    Cons

    Limitations on length of employment through appointments.


  10. "postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You can focus on research and not in gather founding. Nice environment and good productivity.

    Cons

    Not the best health benefits. You may end to work in too many projects simultaneously.


  11. "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



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