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US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General & Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
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  • Government Red Tape slows down everything (in 20 reviews)

  • Budget constraints limit upward mobility, limited raises due to issue at the Federal level (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Don't bother"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Advertised high wages, advertised career opportunity.

    Cons

    Unless you have inside connections you're expendable.
    Nepotism, nepotism nepotism
    Religious preferences determine your career status. Go Mormon go far

    Advice to Management

    Restructure


  2. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Wide latitude in making decisions. Managers very supportive.

    Cons

    Management hesitant to reveal bad news on personel matters.

  3. "Contracing process is horrific"

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    Current Contractor - Mulitimedia Producer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Mulitimedia Producer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers as a contractor

    Pros

    A few individuals actually help you through the complicated process and advise you if you have properly submitted a "responsive bid"

    Cons

    Some contracting agents are unqualified to evaluate prospective vendors and do not really do their job of trying to find the best value product or service for best price or help qualified vendors submit bids. Instead they just look for technicalities to reject bids so they don't have to process it. As a result qualified low cost bids don't even make it to the evaluation process...resulting to significant excessive costs and sometimes inferior products.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest a more professional approach to contracting where qualified vendors (and contracting clerks) are pre approved for selected areas of expertise. The National Park Service has a good system that works and could be a good model to incorporate.


  4. "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - PROJECT MANAGER/CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE in Harker Heights, TX
    Current Employee - PROJECT MANAGER/CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REPRESENTATIVE in Harker Heights, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides training for employees
    Great work hours

    Cons

    Difficult to get a job without engineer degree


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Anti semite jew haters."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Dalles, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Dalles, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary Okay.
    Hours unrealistic, to much work expected in too short period of time.

    Cons

    You will be summarily fired from federal service if you are employed by NW division, Portland district, and you do NOT belong to the Morman church. There is an anti semite attitude rampant throughout middle managers, and thier children who have been born into the folds of future leaders of the government institution.

    IF you are considering employment with this outfit, and weren't offered the job from the second pew of your local Morman church after service, consider carefully how you will be ultimately treated by these . . .

    Advice to Management

    Doubt you can ever fix the damage you've done


  6. "Good for you, bad for country"

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer, Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer, Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for you if that's your main motivation.

    Cons

    Bad for your country (funny business).

    Advice to Management

    "Going green" (spending all your budgeted money), not as important at securing future funds as spending righteously.


  7. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McHenry, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McHenry, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    USACE in general a great place to work in general, great benefits and 401K (TSP)

    Cons

    Leadership does not support managers, terrible morale, expected to perform work of two or more jobs without compensation

    Advice to Management

    Check your resources. Loses top quality employees due to atmosphere and poor leadership

  8. "Not a whole lot of good"

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    Former Employee - Head Lock and Dam Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Head Lock and Dam Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lock operators get to work outside

    Cons

    Unorganized, management filled with "good ole boys"


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Office manager"

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in far away places. Korea, Germany, Middle East.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up. Very poor management. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you are young and motivated look for something else. I am on my way out."

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    can make a difference on the ground
    Paid well

    Cons

    Dusty, bogged down in regulations, & a tired mindset
    Organization as a whole is very unsupportive.
    Green suits are in management roles 2-3 years. This means that goals are constantly changing.
    If you have a mind of your own you will get weeded out.
    Any potential suggestions on money saving or efficiencies will not be done, and in fact the opposite is usually the approved approach.
    VERY POLITICAL

    Advice to Management

    Think of a better way to manage. The old system is broken. Do more to support and listen to your staff, no excuses.
    Make some effort to create efficiencies for your staff.


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