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  • "Great people and fun to meet the people camping and enjoying the national forest and national parks.(in 85 reviews)
  • "great benefits and great 401k(in 61 reviews)
  • "Good work/life balance(in 18 reviews)
  • "Good opportunities to move up.(in 17 reviews)
  • "coworkers are great(in 16 reviews)
  • "Low pay and you only become a firefighter when you die(in 71 reviews)
  • "Long hours and travel requirements(in 26 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 23 reviews)
  • "Poor leadership.(in 17 reviews)
  • "Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person.(in 9 reviews)

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Updated Sep 25, 2023

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    1. 3.0
      Sep 7, 2017
      Technical Writer
      Former Contractor, more than 3 years
      Washington, DC
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      People actually do care and are committed about their work. A lot og great people work for the Forest Service


      It is dependent on Congress for funding which can be exasperating.

      1. 3.0
        Dec 29, 2016
        Anonymous Employee
        Former Employee
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook


        The mission of the Forest Service is quite commendable. I wholeheartedly believe in the beauty and necessity of public lands, so it is great that there is an agency out there working to protect our land for future generations. For my work as a technician, I got to be hands on with many of the projects that were going on in my particular management unit and Forest.


        Sometimes the most beneficial ideas and daily practices get lost in the bureaucracy of the agency. Hiring does not occur directly by the higher ups who are actually leading the crews, so it is easy to end up with people who aren't necessarily qualified for the job at hand.

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