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US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work/life balance in the construction industry (in 25 reviews)

  • great benefits and vacation time (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Red tape for purchasing, hiring, contracts ect (in 17 reviews)

  • Upward mobility easier if free to move to other locations (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Depends on where you work in the building"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your happiness here depends 100% on what branch/division you work in. Some are great with teamwork and appropriate workloads, and some the poor morale in the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

    Cons

    Too much red tape
    Very little actual engineering work occurs here
    Your job satisfaction depends on where you work.


  2. "Cost Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great Work Load and Benefits

    Cons

    A lot of redundant Regulations

    Advice to Management

    Need to Priorities Paperwork better


  3. "Friendly Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employer was concerned with my future and aimed to help me pursue whatever it was I wanted to do in the future.
    Friendly workplace with tight knit community

    Cons

    Facilities are not the greatest, and some tech could use updates.
    Did not provide the specifically mechanical engineering experience I had wanted

    Advice to Management

    Would be a cool idea to pair up each intern with a project team and have them do real hands-on work with the established team.


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  5. "PM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Federal Benefits...lots of leave, holidays, insurance, retirement.
    If you are willing to put in a little extra effort, you can easily standout to the management.
    If you are willing to move around every 2 years, great opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    You are at the whim of The Congress! No budget, no CRA...some folks get furloughed. The Cons of a typical Government office too, many folks don't care, don't pull their fair share, hard to get rid of underperformers. Training is a little lackluster.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to be improved to make it easier to hire the correct personnel, not just someone that spams their resume with "key words."


  6. "IT Investment Portfolio Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Investment Portfolio Manager (Contractor) in Largo, MD
    Former Employee - IT Investment Portfolio Manager (Contractor) in Largo, MD

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment and great locations to work.

    Cons

    Some departments have an overwhelming degree of "office politics".


  7. "Contracting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are reimbursable driven; we must deliver quality contracting services.

    Cons

    workload is not commensurate with resources allotted to accomplish it.

    Advice to Management

    Make decision based on data.


  8. "Program Manager"

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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

    pay, time off, retirement, interesting work

    Cons

    regulation, travel restriction, budget constraints


  9. "Assistant Counsel"

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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

    Federal hours and some flexibility on telework
    Interesting work on a number of complex regulatory and environmental issues
    Good exit options with other federal agencies

    Cons

    Little prospect for long term development or advancement
    No ability to reprimand or dismiss poor performing employees who take an inordinate amount of energy to manage relative to their output


  10. "Lead engineer assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TEXAS (TX) in Houston, MS
    Former Employee - TEXAS (TX) in Houston, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    US Army corps of engineers is a professional and vauable agency and has high quality construction projects.

    Cons

    I have not find weak point during my job.


  11. "Best place to work in Federal Government"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Affairs in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - Public Affairs in Vicksburg, MS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Corps of Engineers offers unique opportunities to work in civil works and water resources, emergency management, and a huge swath of other engineering and natural resources challenges.
    Employees tend to be some of the smartest, most dedicated people in government service, and in a veteran-friendly environment. It's not uncommon to meet life-long Corps employees: the job is rewarding personally and professionally, offers the chance to develop new skills and diversify your experience, and serves the nation.

    Cons

    - Federal and military bureaucracy tends to make some aspects of the job challenging or slow (IT support, rewarding high performing employees, extremely cumbersome discipline procedures for non-performers.)
    - For smaller career fields, relocation is usually part of advancement.



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