US Bureau of Land Management Reviews

Updated May 6, 2020

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3.8
88%
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76%
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US Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Michael D. Nedd
Michael D. Nedd
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Easygoing, Great People, fun to work for(in 11 reviews)

  • "In my experience, the people that work for BLM are really passionate about public lands and everything that comes with it(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Reactionary, Lots of red tape that comes with government work(in 7 reviews)

  • "Management in the BLM is sub-par, at least in NM(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    I do not see any cons

    US Bureau of Land Management2020-05-06
  2. "Good gig"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Agent 
    Recommends

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, great mission, great equipment

    Cons

    Poison oak, lots of it

    US Bureau of Land Management2020-05-03
  3. "Good Steady Job"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Lakewood, CO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good job security and benefits. Everyone in the Bureau is friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and red tape. Pay is not competitive with private companies.

    US Bureau of Land Management2020-04-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good organization but has some flaws."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recreation Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Seasonal Recreation Management side of things, work is very fun and can be a lot like camp. Being in a remote area provides lots of opportunities for independent work and to test and prove skill sets.

    Cons

    Seasonal Recreation Management has very slow growth potential and often employers neglect the portion of their responsibility to train employees looking for growth and promotions. Promotions are extremely difficult and getting permanent work is very competitive. It's even harder in the west than the east for these permanent positions.

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    US Bureau of Land Management2019-12-29
  5. "Great People and Mission, Senior Management Needs Work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time

    Pros

    The people who work there are great and they hire a lot of veterans. The mission is important and most of the employees care a lot about the work that's being done. It's not a stressful environment and there are a lot of benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management keeps a divide with employees and creates policies that don't allow for a lot of individual initiative or process changes/updates. There are no standard processes and employees are treated as if they're not as important as managers when they're excluded from meetings. The experts are not consulted when making business decisions. There is very limited trainings offered are required outside of the typical EEO and IT mandatory trainings, such as communication and leadership that the supervisors need. It's very evident that the happiness of employees is not a priority, but rather ensuring numbers and stats look good for Washington.

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    US Bureau of Land Management2019-12-20
  6. "Worthy mission"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers and a great mission

    Cons

    Balance of work life and home life is difficult. Used to be a great place to work and understood if employees put family first that seemed to end with new upper management.

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    US Bureau of Land Management2019-12-18
  7. "Travel and wilderness"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Yucca Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Travel Hazard and night Differential pay

    Cons

    Long hours Dangerous work Loud machinery Irregular hours

    US Bureau of Land Management2019-10-21
  8. "There is much room for improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ely, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting, challenging, and meaningful work - Decent pay - Regular daytime hours - Opportunity to be an important person within the community you serve

    Cons

    - Budget cuts - Impaired organizational culture - Most employees don’t share skills with others

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    US Bureau of Land Management2019-10-29
  9. "Loved the BLM - Wish I could have stayed for longer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in West Valley City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In my experience, the people that work for BLM are really passionate about public lands and everything that comes with it. Whether it was water rights, campground maintenance, minerals, trees, or wild horses, the people in positions were obviously doing it for the love of the work and not much else.

    Cons

    The only reason I left was because there wasn't a clear path to higher GS positions within the organization, even with previous government experience at higher grades. This is bound to happen in smaller agencies, but the rank structure should be re-evaluated for people on the support side of the house to allow for advancement both at the field offices and state office.

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    US Bureau of Land Management2019-09-17
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Steady job, large workload"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Archaeologist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to learn about cultural resources in an area, not a lot of travel, steady job, steady pay, good benefits.

    Cons

    Workload is large, budgets are low and some locations are not as good as others. Highly competitive jobs

    US Bureau of Land Management2019-07-19
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