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US Bureau of Land Management Reviews

Updated September 24, 2018
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US Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Michael D. Nedd
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  • "Reactionary, Lots of red tape that comes with government work" (in 6 reviews)

  • "I have no Cons to say about BLM" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Agency"

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

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

    Pros

    I work in a young, very cohesive office with people who communicate well between departments

    Cons

    Some lack of funding for special positions or projects


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good & Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good coworkers and casual environment.

    Cons

    The Bureau of Land Management is not very popular.

  3. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flex hours and a great work life balance

    Cons

    a lot of down time, kind of boring at times


  4. "Know your field office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great specialists to work with that are passionate about their resource

    Cons

    some management do not operate ethically or by policy and regulations


  5. "Could be a good place to work"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People work here but a few make life miserable

    Cons

    Management will not make decisions on how to fix problems they would rather kick the can down the road to let others take care of things they would rather not take care

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, do not try to sweep things under the carpet. Take care of problems when they occur


  6. "less stress environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a very peaceful working environment.

    Cons

    Not much challenging work as long as you stay same grade.


  7. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Carlsbad, NM
    Current Employee - Petroleum Engineer in Carlsbad, NM
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good work schedule and benefits with minimal stress

    Cons

    the pay could be better

  8. "Wildlife Biologist"

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

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

    Pros

    Working as a wildlife biologist at the field office level of the BLM can be fun. My particular job involves a lot of habitat improvement or resource protection projects, which allow me to spend a lot of time out in the field. Field work is the best part of the job. You get to be outdoors, in many cases in remote areas that few people ever see. Project planning and implementation can be challenging, and it involves working with many external partners including non-profit organizations, other federal agencies, state agencies, and interest groups. The work is very diverse. My position manages the wildlife, riparian, and special status species programs as well as the botany workload for the office. These duties vary in BLM based on the office you work in. Each field office manages different natural resources and has different involvement from the public and other land owners.

    Cons

    The agency always seems to be experiencing some sort of budget uncertainty or cuts. Some programs are better funded (e.g., minerals, livestock grazing) than others (wildlife, T&E). The wildlife workload in my office is high, and there are never enough resources to get everything done. Management in the BLM is sub-par, at least in NM. The wrong people are promoted, and it leads to a lack of support for staff members. Sexism and sexual harassment are also very real problems within this agency. I have not seen it adequately dealt with (i.e., claims do not get taken seriously).

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders with more experience at the field level. Hire HR specialists and managers who take claims of harassment seriously and take active steps to adequately correct performance problems. Promote employees based on merit, not based on personal relationships. Do something to make this agency friendlier to women.


  9. "Good employer but still needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Land Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. I enjoyed helping people. All of the employees do everything that they can to take care of the environment so that everyone can enjoy it. BLM usually gets a bad rap by people who do not know what they are talking about.

    Cons

    Some upper management have no idea what is going on at the ground level of the organization. Then they spend money where it is not needed and make cuts that is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to those at the ground level of the organization. There you will find true savings and ways to improve the organization.


  10. "needs improvement in mentoring younger staff"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Land Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance, caring people, interesting work

    Cons

    no mentorship, poor leadership and leadership communication

    Advice to Management

    value your new (often younger) staff and develop them into leadership roles


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