US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated May 5, 2021

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US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite (no image)
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Pros
  • "Awesome work life balance and benefits(in 55 reviews)

  • "great people and great benefits(in 54 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "All the red tape needed to award a construction contract(in 32 reviews)

  • "Lower salary than private sector for job description(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Excellent public sector employer.

      May 5, 2021 - Operations Program Manager in Eugene, OR
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      Pros

      Public service ethic. Productive, capable problem solvers. Opportunity for upward mobility and global assignments.

      Cons

      Processes can be cumbersome, and civil works programs serve multiple competing demands.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Toxic Work Environment

      Apr 27, 2021 - Sacramento District in Sacramento, CA
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      Pros

      The work can be very rewarding.

      Cons

      The top down leadership at the Sacramento District is toxic. People rotate through the district like a revolving door and it's not due to COVID. There's little to no communication from supervisors to the employee most of the time. If you don't get along with the Senior Civilian, Tambour Eller, she will make sure you are forced to resign or will have you fired. She creates an environment of fear as her leadership style and she holds onto grudges. Employees who do the right thing are often punished as they don't like change while employees who cause $4 million dollars in damage to the building are kept on board.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Best Branch

      May 3, 2021 - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
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      Pros

      Amazing opportunities to learn new skills.

      Cons

      I have no cons for this job.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Endless opportunity.

      Apr 26, 2021 - Research Community Planner 
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      Pros

      Incredible projects to be a part of with an incredible network all over the world. Great room for mobility within the company.

      Cons

      There are no downsides. N/A

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Serving

      Apr 30, 2021 - Coastal Engineer in Galveston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Leadership, service, stewardship, community, difference

      Cons

      Leadership, organization, execution, residency, creativity

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Work/Life Balance

      Apr 23, 2021 - Geotechnical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
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      Pros

      Provides a good work/life balance Only really required to work 40-50 hours per week, more if you're looking to move up

      Cons

      Pay might not be as good as a private company

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Best Employer I’ve Ever Had

      Mar 23, 2021 - Geologist in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Salary, Personal/Work Life Balance, Locations, Broad Experience, Overseas Assignments, Excellent Retirement, Benefits, Training,

      Cons

      It’s a government agency and spends a lot on projects and programs that, in my opinion, are not worth the funds spent. USACE is expensive and is not very agile. Large projects may take years to even start, much less to finish. Experience is related mostly to oversight of contractors. Engineers and scientists don’t typically acquire as much detailed experience as one would in the private sector. This is a broad brush opinion. There are many exceptions. As with any large organization, the bureaucracy is frustrating.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      USACE

      Apr 25, 2021 - Human Capital Business Partner in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      Federal position full time benefits telework

      Cons

      Minimal promotion potential upon reaching certain grade

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place For Engineers

      Apr 21, 2021 - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Career Development focus, Promotion Opportunities

      Cons

      Depending on the Project, work/life balance maybe a challenge. May require to move a lot for project.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      OK

      Apr 20, 2021 - Management Assistant in Omaha, NE
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      Pros

      Great pay and benefits for all

      Cons

      Bureaucratic government work and attitudes

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