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US Bureau of Reclamation Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Michael L. Connor
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  • Even if they mention acknowledgement of a "learning curve" don't believe it (in 2 reviews)

  • downgrading their pay grade, yet keeping their responsibilities the same as if they were senior level Executive Secretaries (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior tech lead - TSC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Reclamation full-time

    Pros

    Very unique work, technically challenging, great people, strong positive culture, mission focused not profit focused, family friendly, inclusive

    Cons

    Things take time - it is the Federal Government

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating, your staff will take on your values and attitude.


  2. "U.S. Bureau of Reclamation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technician in Bismarck, ND
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Technician in Bismarck, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Reclamation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worker friendly
    Normal working hours
    Flexible work hours
    Good benefits
    Family Friendly

    Cons

    Lower than industry standard salaried
    Subject to government shutdowns
    Little overtime potential
    Small bonuses
    Limited to western United States
    Few major construction projects

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision already. Management tend to over analyse every decision.


  3. "The truth about Federal engineers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability
    Vacation time
    Family friendly
    Alternate work scheduling

    Cons

    Red tape
    Handcuffs
    Limited/slow growth
    Low pay
    No mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Engineers WILL NOT stay at Reclamation or any Federal agency until engineering pay can compete with private companies. It is a slap in the face of engineers to make equivalent pay to other, less technical, fields after the years of schooling and hard work it takes to become an engineer.


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  5. "BoR Park Ranger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Napa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Bureau of Reclamation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well compared to many federal park ranger jobs and offer great benefits.

    Cons

    Promotions are often given to employees who are good at their jobs but are poor leaders, causing turmoil for staff and difficulties between lower level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to deal with egos and unhealthy competition between employees. Hire people who have exceptional leadership and management skills for supervisory positions.


  6. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work that can be self directed. Flexible hours and comp time.

    Cons

    Managers are often bad engineers. There is a lot of micromanaging. Priorities are not what they should be and are instead focused on minimizing personal accountability, checking the boxes, and having your name on projects (rather than working on them). Older employees sometimes sleep in cubes during the day. Overall a pretty depressing work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Start firing bad engineers instead of promoting them to management positions.


  7. "Management Support Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Support Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Management Support Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a strong and well defined mission focus.

    Cons

    The organization is not very welcoming and due to the low rates of diversity, can be small minded in its approach to interacting and communicating.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on better incorporating private sector operational best practices into their day-to-day outlook.


  8. "No focus on people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Lead Drawing Manager in Mather, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Drawing Manager in Mather, CA

    I have been working at US Bureau of Reclamation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable employment is about all

    Cons

    The only focus is on the mission. No focus on growing employees or training


  9. "Survey Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very stable job with great benefits and a very light workload. Enormous amounts of time off to enjoy life and pursue other interests besides work.

    Cons

    If you want to be a hero this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to sleep its not quitting time yet.


  10. "Great Job - Less Than Stellar Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work with great benefits.

    Cons

    Some employees did not have enough work to do, so they would spend their time complaining.


  11. "Park Ranger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger in Sonora, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger in Sonora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Reclamation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Federal Service, public sector, natural resources, community engagement, public safety, natural/historical preservation

    Cons

    seasonal position, not much room for advancement



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