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US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General & Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
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  • "Lots of red tape getting approval to do anything" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Due to upward mobility, the more experienced employees are constantly leaving to seek higher grades, which often times leaves the office understaffed" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Park Ranger
    Current Employee - Park Ranger

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, fun job to do

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  2. "Good enough"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent space to work in

    Cons

    Would be nice to have more learning opportunities

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer Technician"

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

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    The people are definitely plus. Lots of great people are working at USACE.

    Cons

    At time, it can be a bit slow.


  4. "Project"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits! Training available. A lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    It’s Government... they still don’t have a good personnel rating system which isn’t abused


  5. "Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Very Fast paced working environment

    Cons

    Not enough training being condcted


  6. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits; health and retirement. Paid overtime if approved. 40 hour work week. Great annual and sick leave benefits.

    Cons

    Eventually you’ll need to know someone in higher management to move up to the higher GS grades.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Should be Army Corps of Techs"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are not an engineer great opportunities.

    Cons

    Weak leadership cares nothing about quality employee performance or development. Quality of CM is poor. CM policies are outdated. Politically driven promotions; and they really love to pat themselves on the back and hand out their coins. Waste of a perfectly good engineering degree if you work here. Contracts are thrown together with minimal review, then purged during negotiations. Lack of technical capability to develop quality contracts or review technical designs. There is no wonder government construction contracts are almost always over schedule and way over budget.... Gross mismanagement of government funding.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the system and hire a consulting agency to develop new operational policies; consider using an off the shelf system vs. the terribly ran RMS.

  8. "US Army Corps of Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Biologist in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Biologist in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is an excellent agency to work for.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get rid of poorly-performing employees.


  9. "Nice People. Not Very Inspiring Work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. The benefits in the government are pretty good. Your health insurance premiums are even partially paid for by the government, so you get a $1600 a month plan which covers almost everything for $200/check. It's nice.

    2. If the world falls into chaos, you will likely still have a job. It's next to impossible to get fired. You REALLY have to screw up pretty bad to even get reprimanded.

    3. The people are extremely nice. Like VERY VERY nice.

    Cons

    1. Your talents likely will never be challenged. Growth potential is -10% because I feel like the longer I were to have stayed at this job, the more I would have fallen behind career-wise.

    2. Plenty of people here make sure they delegate as much work as possible to more talented employees. Do not tell anyone you are good at something that is not part of your job description.

    3. You'll feel like you are stuck in a rut in two weeks and there will be no end in sight. The work is absolutely mind-numbingly boring. Take photos of retirements, set up speakers and microphones, work on little hallway flyers.

    4. You can't work from home and expected to be a human chair warmer, even though there is absolutely nothing going on.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to filter out the meaningless work and allow talented people to work on projects that truly challenge them, even if they have to make them up. Allow people to work on projects from the house to avoid walk-up distractions all day long.


  10. "Great coworkers and management, heavy workload"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, really feel like you're making a difference.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, sometimes difficult to move up.