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US Geological Survey Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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  • Lots of red tape to cut through working for Feds (in 10 reviews)

  • Due to recent federal budget cuts, lots of the functions and opportunities that initially have attracted me have been cut (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Review as current developer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as a contractor

    Pros

    Gives developers much of the responsibility of web based projects

    Cons

    Doesn't have many resources/people to help with programming related issues


  2. "Great for Students"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Middleton, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I worked here as a college student and was allowed a very flexible schedule to fit my needs. Great leadership.

    Cons

    People keep to themselves a lot.


  3. "Professional and good experience"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as a contractor

    Pros

    You can learn a lot working here. Definitely ask questions.

    Cons

    You get out what you put in. Some people can get cranky when regulations stand in their way of doing things.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Hydrologic technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    For me, working outdoors is the best part of the job. I'm able to work in boats in rivers and lakes and a variety of other types of natural environments. Federal benefits are great.

    Cons

    Being with the federal government also has its' cons. The biggest issue are the politics that can affect the ability to efficiently complete a task. These political issues can be on the small scale or all the way up to decisions made in D.C. that could affect any federal worker. The pay is not terrible but it could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take on unrealistic jobs unless the workforce is expanded. More employees are leaving the job while individual expectations continue to grow causing a lack of morale in the workplace. Employees do not feel that their opinions/concerns are being heard.


  6. "Very interesting work."

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    Current Employee - Material Flow Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Material Flow Specialist in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, benefits. It's a federal job which brings some measure of stability, flexibility, and security. It is partially research oriented, which is a plus.

    Cons

    Less than competitive salary. The federal system has a structured system for determining salary. I did not do a good enough job negotiating with HR


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience working with the survey"

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    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office community and morale. Supportive environment for younger folks looking to explore a career in the sciences within government.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in most levels of the office in terms of race and age. Majority of workforce is on the older side.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Scientific Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    As a person new to the scientific community, the people who worked at USGS definitely helped me in starting my career. They offer many opportunities to listen to conferences and presentations on the projects and results of fellow scientists. Also, there is so much collaboration between other labs across the United States that it helps with networking.

    Cons

    Funding is not always available. Also, it takes a very long time to get hired.


  9. "It's a day at the river."

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    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Wichita Falls, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Geological Survey full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyable work. Great benefits. Decent pay. Very relaxed work environment with location options. If you like to move around you'll move up the pay scale quickly.

    Cons

    Promotions are more like private sector's, meaning budget controlled rather than performance, and when they do come, they're not much to get excited about. Pay freezes pretty recently, 1% cost of living increases after that. It's not as adversely effected by politics as others but is still a government job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well or they'll leave. Like they have the past 7 years.


  10. "Hydro Tech"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Geological Survey as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work outdoors, opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Every year it gets more and more difficult to move up, they try to avoid making anyone permanent at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to retain good people, Be more competitive with salaries.


  11. "Hydrologyist"

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    Former Intern - Hydrotec in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Hydrotec in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Lot of work and sometimes is crazy schedule

    Advice to Management

    Divide the work evenly



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