US Forest Service Employee Reviews about "management"
66% would recommend to a friend
(97 total reviews)
63% approve of CEO
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Updated Nov 28, 2023
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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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- 2.0Oct 6, 2011Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeBoise, ID
Great benefits Flexible hours if approved by supervisor Challenging work Advancement opportunities if you're willing to relocate or if you have a bachelor's degree
Disconnect between upper management and support staff Unprofessional behavior tolerated Inability to adopt newer, more efficient ways of doing things1
- 2.0May 5, 2021ForesterCurrent EmployeeConifer, CO
Fed Employee Health Benefits Pension Work outside (although this is getting more difficult to do).
Abysmal pay. SERIOUS problems with harrassment, hostile work environment and incompetent administrators. Will not and did not let many employees telework during Covid despite their positions lending themselves well to a virtual setting. Dysfunctional and prehistoric business model. About 10 years behind private industry. Itinerant leadership only cares about climbing the ladder. Extremely old and limited use of technology that private industry has been using for years. Very poor organizational structure from the 1950's. Upper management that has never been in a Forest. Local management very incestuous. Takes forever and requires multiple approvals for even the most inane tasks. Management does not trust it's employees. Extremely hierarchical org often discounts and dismisses people of a lower 'GS' level.1
- 4.0Nov 10, 2014InternCurrent EmployeeClovis, CA
You are able to create your own schedule. I'm a full time student so school comes first and they completely understand that. Very flexible, always get the days I want off as long as I've finished all my priority projects. Even though I mostly work indoors there are always opportunities in the summer for me to go out into the field and experience our beautiful forest.
Disorganized at times. Management is very busy so at times it can be very difficult to get ahold of them. Computer software is also updated and can be very slow.1
- 3.0Jan 28, 2022Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Beautiful areas and rewarding work. Good benefits.
Low pay, hard to find housing in areas, constantly asked to do more work with less money and fewer people. Upper management is incompetent when you can even get in touch with them at all.
- 5.0Nov 30, 2016Restoration TechnicianFormer Contractor, less than 1 yearEagle, CO
Work is outside most of the time. Not a lot of overhead once job is learned; autonomy. Really just a ton of fun as well as challenging.
Some upper management have become complacent and effectively useless but overall not so. Some favoritism which I did not like.
- 3.0Aug 2, 2019Forestry TechnicianFormer Employee, less than 1 yearAlpine, AZ
Working outdoors in beautiful wilderness areas. Good pay. Health insurance. Housing. Friendly work culture.
Management can be inefficient and ineffective. Physical labor is intense depending on your supervisor. Can be isolating work.
- 2.0Aug 4, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 10 years
The federal government has pretty good benefits, although new employees pay higher amounts into the pension program. In general the co-workers are good people and will make coming to work still worth the effort.
Upper management is crippled by political influences and those hired to make decisions are incapable of thinking like a business person. Typically they know little about the land they were hired to manage. Hence you will accomplish little other than trying to make their performance look good to their boss.3
- 3.0Dec 14, 2016Hydrologic TechnicianFormer Intern, less than 1 yearPrice, UT
* Working in a Federal Organization * Levels/ranking of Authority well defined * Well defined job responsibilities and notification of desired out-come * Benefits
* Planning and notification of job site for each day could be refined * Seemed to be excess tension between management and supervisory staff * To which upper management seemed to turn a blind eye to