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- "Low pay and you only become a firefighter when you die" (in 79 reviews)
- "Long hours and travel requirements" (in 28 reviews)
- "Hostile Work Environment: The agency is extremely cliquey; it pays poorly and employees are under chronic stress due to ongoing poor management and budget turmoil." (in 25 reviews)
- "Poor leadership." (in 18 reviews)
- "Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person." (in 10 reviews)
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- 4.0Mar 4, 2019Field Research TechnicianFormer Intern, less than 1 yearPlacerville, CA
Great boss and coworkers, lots of field work
Very specialized work without much diversity
- 3.0May 18, 2022Research FellowFormer Employee
Contributing to a big goal, friendly coworkers, remote work
Remote work means not building relationships with coworkers
- 4.0May 27, 2018Forestry TechnicianFormer Employee, less than 1 year
You get to work outside What you've done is clearly visible at the end of the day Your coworkers are usually dedicated to working for the Forest Service Camaraderie tends to be strong
Work environment can disregard safety for speed at times Housing tends to be circa 1960's or 70's Little room for advancement since permanent positions are very rare
- 2.0Jun 5, 2014ForesterCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsBend, OR
One of the best missions around in protecting our national forest resources in the most amazing workplace (the forest) with terrific coworkers. Great work/life balance.
The agency does not care about its personnel. Consolidated human resources in Albuquerque does not understand the mission and is not held accountable for abysmal performance. Very low pay. Poor performers are not placed on a legitimate performance plan and are protected by unions. Too many of the old-guard are retired in place and holding back the contemporary best management practices, science, and socio-economic realities. The agency has been captured by special interests. Disconnected and incompetent senior management. Many employees lack a career path. Poor succession planning. The agency is out of touch with the local communities that depend on the forest resource for social and economic wellbeing. Ancient equipment, poor information technology, and redundant business processes.1
- 2.0Mar 3, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 years
A lot of freedom to move around, a lot of the people who work where they live, and who take care of each other. The "get the cut out" culture is still around, and it is one of the reasons I wished to work for the Forest Service.
I never felt comfortable speaking up about how I was bullied for my age, ethnicity, religion, and lack of military training because it felt like if I did, I would be alienated at the cost of my personal safety. At one point, an employee confronted me, asking if I was going to report him for bullying. I said 'no' out of fear. I don't even wish to name the specific division I was working in because I feel like there would be retalitation still. I was poorly trained and left to dry despite my personal adeptness at acquiring skills and willingness to learn. My performance evaluations and sociability with the public were rated high, yet coworkers made me look bad to management, possibly due to jealousy, and once again, because of my age and good academic record. I'm not without shortcomings. Near the end of employment, I stopped trying so hard because it felt like my work wasn't being seen. My desire to grow wasn't honored. I've made my mistakes and learned from them. I've had my own personal shortcomings. But the culture here was break people down, talk crap, and include and invite only those who are good ol' boys, rather than building people up.1
- 3.0Aug 3, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Work/life balance. Wonderful coworkers and District Ranger. Quiet environment. Supportive immediate supervisors.
No advancement opportunities locally. RO leadership is out of touch with forest demands. Doing the work of 4 people without proper compensation. The Secretary of the USDA passes sweeping change with no understanding of how it affects morale.
- 4.0Dec 18, 2021BiologistCurrent EmployeeBozeman, MT
The benefits are great and my coworkers are excellent.
This agency doesn't always do right by its employees if they're not willing to move around.
- 2.0Jan 19, 2017Biological Science TechnicianFormer Employee, less than 1 yearChester, CA
decent pay government housing being outside good exercise
extreme exhaustion EVERY DAY you will NOT get a permanent job unless you are 30+ with 10+ years of experience or are extremely lucky government bureaucracy EVERYDAY literally did nothing positive in terms of wildlife conservation which was the point of the job drove around for hours in gas guzzling SUVs looking for hawks had extreme exhaustion from hiking 8 hours up mountains EVERY DAY coworkers were complete jerks boss got fired due to being an incompetent idiot who also had her head in the clouds in terms of expectations4