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US Fish and Wildlife Service Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Culture is relaxed, good work/life balance, pay, benefits and stability (in 4 reviews)

  • work with great people who care (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • As with any federal agency there is A LOT of red tape to deal with (in 6 reviews)

  • Federal government employees are frequent skapegoats by political interests (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "The best job to date"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Eagle Lake, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Eagle Lake, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is consitent amazing people and opportunities. The abilities you learn working for FWS is great and helps with growth

    Cons

    not enough pay for the area near Houston. No overtime given due to lack of government funding, need better benefits for health and dental.


  2. "wildlife mgmt"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    very diverse, highly educated workforce; flexible work hours and telework depending on program; sometimes you get to work outdoors with fish and wildlife.

    Cons

    federal bureaucracy , more dogmatic, less travel and flexibility, poor IT networking and cloud access, focus tends to be reactionary vs being proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Bring outside technical experts and relocate your offices with your universities and conservation partners. Break down the silos.

  3. "Office of Law Enforcement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Special Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Special Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Office of Law Enforcement is highly rewarding and satisfying career. You will make a difference everyday in the preservation of fish and wildlife and at the same time conduct very complex criminal investigations both domestically and internationally.

    Cons

    The Office of Law Enforcement is a small organization compared to other investigative agencies in the United States Government so at times resources can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work you are doing.


  4. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time

    Pros

    Lot's of variety in work from contracts to budget

    Cons

    Administrative pay grades are lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of cliques so try to avoid them.


  5. "USFWS...not what its cracked up to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of annual leave you can use

    Cons

    You have to move out of state most of the time to get any type of promotion

    Advice to Management

    Support your local IT department AND GIS department.....this is for the Regional Director...immediate management is usually pretty awesome.


  6. "Mostly good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Wildlife Biologist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Wildlife Biologist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, sense of mission

    Cons

    Salary growth potential, subject to changing political climates

    Advice to Management

    Continue or promote work-life balance, fight to keep budget in the current political climate, focus on core values in setting priorities


  7. "Biologist"

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    Current Employee - Biologist
    Current Employee - Biologist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make a difference in the conservation of at risk, threatened and endangered species. work with great people who care

    Cons

    as with any governmental agency, change comes slowly

  8. "Fish and Wildlife Biologist"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great conservation mission with dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Mired in redtape that's getting worse. Some field supervisors are little dictators and upper management turns a blind eye.

    Advice to Management

    If several staff in a field office have had complaints about a supervisor, pay attention and consider whether that supervisor would serve the agency better in another role.


  9. "great internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of different kinds of experiences

    Cons

    no cons applicable to positions


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Loved my job but no support."

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    Former Employee - Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful staff. Great mission. Good work/life flexibility policies. Opportunities for advancement. The work is diverse and I was constantly learning. Never boring. So many talented, dedicated workers.

    Cons

    Terrible funding. Poor communication between region and field offices. Multiple branches of the FWS but they do not communicate well with each other. Always being asked to do more with fewer and fewer resources and people. Priorities constantly shifting and changing, which is understandable, but poor communication from management compounds this issue. Morale very low in the division I was in. Incompetent people get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication. Either hire more people or be realistic about what can be accomplished. There is no way to do what is expected with the resources available. Stop promoting incompetent people just because you don't know what else to do with them. Field supervisors are rarely if ever held accountable for poor management, partly because their supervisors are located hundreds of miles away in a regional office. Employees should be able to rate supervisors too. If every person that works for someone has serious, legitimate concerns about their professionalism or competence, that should be considered. I've seen these situations so many times and the manager ends up getting a promotion and moving on. You're losing good biologists because of terrible managers.


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