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US Geological Survey Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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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 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Due to recent federal budget cuts, lots of the functions and opportunities that initially have attracted me have been cut (in 6 reviews)

  • Which is still better than almost any seasonal job in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Jobsite"

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    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Santa Maria, CA

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

    Pros

    By watching on youtube video, some of the exciting opportunities working for USGS.

    Cons

    So far none at this moment

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Hydrologic Technician
    Former Contractor - Hydrologic Technician
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Geological Survey as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engaging projects, wonderful colleagues, opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Donald Trump is technically your boss

  3. "Intern Review"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as an intern

    Pros

    Good work and flexible hours

    Cons

    Pay, long time to set up work station


  4. "Biological Science Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring people with mutual interests working together toward a better future. Research oriented. Management even listens to the little people.

    Cons

    Not much room for upward movement,


  5. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time

    Pros

    Laid back, great place to work for the public good.

    Cons

    I work at a remote office so on a fair number of occasions it has taken days or weeks to hear back from HR about a problem or a question. The HR is up in the Bay area.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so passive aggressive.


  6. "USGS Scientist are wonderful to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to have a job, and work in and outside

    Cons

    Busy, fast paced, and involved


  7. "expect fieldwork"

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    Former Intern - Internship in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Intern - Internship in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Geological Survey as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to be either be mostly in the office or mostly in the field or some of both depending on your position.

    Cons

    Sometimes you do the work no one else wants to do like data entry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the interns busy

  8. "Seasonal Tech (Wildlife)"

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Roseburg, OR
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Roseburg, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you live in a more expensive area (duty station is LA or something), your pay is adjusted to local coast of living. Medical benefits start right away. You earn 1 day of sick leave and of annual leave every month. You don't get a hard time if you have to take a sick day. Encourage you to take as many different trainings as applicable.

    Cons

    Mostly seasonal work. And if you're seasonal, no dental or retirement or anything. Just medical. Which is still better than almost any seasonal job in the private sector. Work typically lasts at least 5 months. Not always housing available for seasonal employees.

    Advice to Management

    More seasonal housing availability seeing as a lot of places don't have a month-to-month leasing option in the area.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-level ecologist- work was good, but opportunity and job security were lacking."

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    Former Employee - Ecologist in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Ecologist in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    USGS was overall a good place to work. There is excellent work-life balance, and the ecological research I did while there was rewarding and challenging. My peers were respectful and easy to work with as well. While this could vary greatly based on the research unit you were in, most of the time there seemed to be good team dynamics in the different groups. Also, if you like to work outside in some beautiful places, this job will take you there.

    Cons

    Research positions were often underfunded, with many highly qualified people working in temporary positions at lower pay than they would be worth in the private sector. There was also little to no opportunity to advance or grow in this organization unless you were at the bottom (administrative staff) or the top (senior-level scientists). This issue led to a large amount of turnover of employees, and morale was not good as a result of it either. Long periods of travel away from home are required to collect data. While this travel was a pro initially, it became more of a drag the longer I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Management would be wise to create more and better opportunities for the science support staff. Senior management had little relationship with this employee group. On the rare occasions they did discuss concerns with this group of employees, most of the time there would be no follow-through on ideas afterward.


  10. "USGS entry level"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome flex schedules, good people, decent pay.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, too much paperwork to get stuff done.

    Advice to Management

    none


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