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US Geological Survey Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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US Geological Survey Director (Acting) William Werkheiser
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Pros
  • There is excellent work-life balance, and the ecological research I did while there was rewarding and challenging (in 12 reviews)

  • flexible schedule, lots of variety (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Governmental red tape can hinder bureaucratic processes (in 11 reviews)

  • Which is still better than almost any seasonal job in the private sector (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Master's student hydrologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    GREAT environment. Great coworkers and atmosphere

    Cons

    'Attaboys' don't pay bills, neither will the USGS if you've more than one trick in your stable


  2. "Hyrdrologic Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    Great experience in Groundwater, Surface water, and water quality

    Cons

    Be prepared to travel up to 50% of the time

  3. "It's Okay"

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    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's Flexible, low stress, and good people

    Cons

    Low pay, slow career advancement, little recognition or visibility

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. "great work and mission"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Geophysicist in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisory Geophysicist in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is refreshing to work with smart people motivated by science and public service. The seismic network is perhaps the best of it's kind worldwide.

    Cons

    It's cumbersome to work within the Government system and Academia. The funding for the work we want to do is not always there. The administrative hoops you have to go through for simple tasks is rough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep keeping it real! They do a good job of it most of the time. It is good that most of the managements have done the work they are administrating.


  5. "Great people, ok salary, frustrating admin"

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    Current Employee - Hydrologist in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Hydrologist in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with the people there, get to work on amazing projects, get decent salary

    Cons

    Admin is a nightmare, takes months to process any paperwork


  6. "Awesome job"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great research, I would love to work there again.

    Cons

    Job opportunities aren't always available. Funding is limited.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Intelligent, Friendly, Generous"

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    Former Employee - Physical Scientist in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Physical Scientist in Madison, WI
    Recommends

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive, productive work atmosphere. Intelligent people dedicated to their work. Interesting projects. Genuinely good, generous coworkers.

    Cons

    I felt like I was in a silo, sometimes leashed by the nature that it's a federal job, and other times by that fact that people are so busy that creative collaboration, local training and feedback were things I had to proactively seek out, co-create or ask for many times.

    Advice to Management

    Career development for young , new scientists is important now, as the office workforce ages.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Geographer"

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    Current Employee - Geographer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Geographer in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great benefits, long-term opportunities

    Cons

    Uncertainty from new department leadership, lower pay than private sector


  9. "Director, Diversity and Equal Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, mission and non-partisan environment. The highly professional staff form the leadership team down to one of the newest employees are focused on providing the best and most important science for the world.

    Cons

    Distance - The commute for me was approximately 2 and a half hours one way. If the housing where the office was located was more affordable I would never have left the Survey!

    Advice to Management

    Increase options for working remotely


  10. "Research Ecologist"

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    Current Employee - Research Ecologist in Jamestown, ND
    Current Employee - Research Ecologist in Jamestown, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, good pay, benefits and office culture

    Cons

    Limited funding for scientific research


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