US Forest Service Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2020

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US Forest Service Chief  Vicki Christiansen (no image)
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  • "Random long hours makes it hard to make plans outside of work(in 17 reviews)

  • "Most of the jobs are seasonal and it is very hard to get a permanent position(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fixable hour and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow processes - making decisions can take a while.

  2. "Great benefits and good people"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Maintenance Worker in Bend, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and good people

    Cons

    It's the government. It is always a bureaucracy when you're trying to get a job done.

  3. "You get to fight fire."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    You get to fight fire.

    Cons

    Transferring may be very difficult.

  4. "And agency that’s in decline"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only good thing is health benefits and retirement

    Cons

    The agency leader ship is poor they’re hiring practices out of date and takes three months to six months to even get a job with this agency it is very disappointing in the direction of the agency is going. From the Washington leader ship to the forest level leader ship to the regional leader ship is very poor at times even on the force leader ship side on the ground level the supervisors are very very bad leader ship skills and should be either reevaluated of Qualls or leader ship and are so out of touch with the society standards of motivating. On the wildland fire level there is good supervisors and bad supervisors what engine captains are very poor at their job in upper management leader ship does not want to discipline or put them on a improvement plan to improve their leadership skills or have been in so long they have lost motivation to do their job. The agency has a humongous problem right now with hiring minimally qualified people that are not part of the agency or have no experience in the agency that are being promoted to upper level management currently the agency is not home from within and they prefer to hire from outside the agency and keep people that are good employees at the positions that they are they believe that keeping these people at their current positions is best for the agency and bringing out outside help and instead of promoting current people who work in the agency. I have worked for this agency for over 12 years and the agencies in such bad decline and in a weird direction that in the next several years the agency will see huge turnover within itself currently there is huge turnover in many positions from seasonal level jobs to permanent position jobs the pay of employees is very poor specially for seasonals. We are employee that doesn’t follow policy where policy doesn’t make sense you are punished very regularly and are not up to agency par. Instead of using common sense to do your job they prefer more paperwork documentation and will try to run out good employees that just do their job. But overall I believe the agency could be fixed with the right touch but it is very sad to see agency that has such great pride in taking care of our natural resources decline in the way that it’s declining agencies so bad people say it’s just as bad as the 1990s. On the wildland fire side the agency is theory attached a policy I do not care about employees health fitness or mental fitness. Instead of just going out and putting the fire out there more concerned about checking the boxes for agency policy. Yes we should be managing fire on a certain level but the agencies in such decline that every district has its own theory about fighting fire or suppression of fire there’s such a disconnect from the supervisors office to the district level that is pathetic and needs to be more teambuilding exercises or a whole revamp or just let fire run itself on a district level. The seasonals are the most miss treating employees probably within the agency they do not care about taking care of their employees or taking care of them at any level. 1039 employees really don’t work 1039 it’s more less than 900 hours a year guaranteed now and occasional overtime here and there.

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  5. "Wildland Firefighting: Challenging and meaningful work."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Forestry Technician in Island Park, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being outside all of the time and challenging yourself every day. Bonding with the crew. Travel. You will see some very cool things that not a lot of people will ever see. Can be exciting at times.

    Cons

    Getting laid off at the end of the season and re-adjusting to the "real world." Waiting on hold for hours after calling the HR hotline while on an active incident.

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  6. "Great Agency!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedules. Lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Virtual employees have no potential for career progression.

  7. "Work-Life Balance Awesome"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The flexible schedule, leave, and teleworking is what makes this place one of the best federal jobs out there.

    Cons

    Contracting/Procurement/Acquisition can be stressful work environment.

  8. "It was an ok place to work."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Program Support Assistant 

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits and the nature!

    Cons

    There are not a lot of opportunities for growth in this agency. Not as many positions open.

  9. "Great place to work in Natural Resources"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Environmental Program Manager in Vallejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Workplace is like a family. Work is really rewarding. The organization is making headway in mitigating climate change to the environment.

    Cons

    Budgets are unpredictable depending on congressional appropriations

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  10. "Review"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits Salary Work Time Performance

    Cons

    Salary Salary Salary Salary Ladder

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