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US Army Corps of Engineers Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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  • Government Red Tape slows down everything (in 23 reviews)

  • Compensation will be lower than private sector but job security is great (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Good Benefits, Dull Career"

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    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Vicksburg, MS
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Vicksburg, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of time off, fairly flexible hours

    Cons

    Low expectations, decades behind on technology, poor professional development opportunities, very little diversity in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people. There should be less training in how to be a good government employee and more based on technical skills. And send employees to conferences to network and to see where their field is going.


  2. "Quality Assurance Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Depending on the district you work for, you will get the chance to work on some interesting large budget projects. Great Benefits, great retirement plan, low stress job. But this also depends on your team.

    Cons

    Some projects can get boring at times. Pay raises can be at a standstill especially if you are not an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Sys Admin"

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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

    excellent opportunity
    great environment
    can develop great experience and skills

    Cons

    commute to downtown sometimes can get tiring.


  4. "Doing Basic Research for the Fed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Well-funded, directed research with a military or civil focus. Your work really matters. As a scientist, they offer a very linear manner of progressing your career

    Cons

    Not really focused on high-tech problems.

    Advice to Management

    Create smaller teams that are doing more nimble research. That will attract younger talent.


  5. "Dynamic Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse and encompasses a depth of professional knowledge.

    Cons

    Strengths are sometimes overshadowed with internal middle management politics.


  6. "Served as in army as a squad leader responsible of a 12 man team"

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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

    Great place to develop carácter, leaderships skills.

    Cons

    Great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Great work ethics highly motivated


  7. "Good federal job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    work life balance is great as long as you make it great

    Cons

    government bureaucracy can be a fun ride

  8. "Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere. As long as you do your job, everyone will leave you alone. Can pretty much take off whenever needed, except 4th quarter. You have the ability to climb the ladder if you have the desire.

    Cons

    Training program needs to be better defined, and organized.
    Due to upward mobility, the more experienced employees are constantly leaving to seek higher grades, which often times leaves the office understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a well organized training program, that mentors and trains your newer staff. Give them a reason to stay put.


  9. "Good start for those with no experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get to work on jobs you never thought you'd work on

    Cons

    Individual development through intern program is lackluster and each individual has to rely on their own due diligence with no guidance from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bring in graduates at such a low pay scale compared to those that work in the private sector. That alone will interest new graduates out of school.


  10. "Flexible Employment"

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    Current Employee - Retired Annuitant in Fort Irwin, CA
    Current Employee - Retired Annuitant in Fort Irwin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked for the Corps 38 years before retiring, nine more after retiring. I've worked in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and South Korea. Seen dozens of other countries. I've held a diplomatic position and and seen my kids finish high school in different countries.

    Cons

    None unless you afraid to carry your own weight.

    Advice to Management

    lead, follow or get out of the way ... (famous quote w/o bad word)


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