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US Bureau of Reclamation Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance (credit hours are awesome) (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, holidays, friendships made (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Reclamation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance for the most part, but challenging work that sometimes requires extra effort (hours). Pay is less than industry at senior levels but balanced by benefits and quality of life. Not your stereotypical boring govt job environment; it is interesting work with a good purpose - supplying water to the west.

    Cons

    Part of federal government and subject to whims of congress and administration (zero to low pay raises for at about the last 8 years, government shutdowns). Pay system doesn't allow top performers to be truly recognized monetarily (there are relatively small incentives).

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. I think they have to implement top-down initiatives that they don't necessarily agree with and maintain good group attitude. Generally the first line supervisors are good at this and most people are happy.


  2. "Great people but subpar top management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, holidays, friendships made

    Cons

    Upper management, huge amounts of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Look for patterns and tackle the root cause of issues.

  3. "Contractors are treated horrible. Why would you work here?"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Contractor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some parts of the government care about how the work is performed.

    Cons

    The Government gods do not want contractors to talk to them. Power over people and messing with their lives occurs for their pleasure. If you're handicapped you'll be treated with absolute prejudice.

    Advice to Management

    Don't support toxic federal persons that abuse contractors.


  4. "Administrative/Budget Technician"

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    Former Employee - Assist, Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assist, Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people learned a lot.

    Cons

    Contract was only one year.


  5. "Good place to work and grow."

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with and telework was allowed.

    Cons

    pay not competitive with civilian sector


  6. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and flex time.

    Cons

    Micromanagement is the directorate way of life. Senior leadership is poor at communicating their vision and they are highly risk adverse.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your goals and vision. Let people think outside of the box.


  7. "Senior tech lead - TSC"

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    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.

  8. "Bureau of Reclamation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are not many pros. Good leave accrual rate after so many years.

    Cons

    Work is slow and redundant. Management and HR do not care about much. There is no mentoring or offering room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your employees.


  9. "U.S. Bureau of Reclamation"

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    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.


  10. "The truth about Federal engineers."

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    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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