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USDA Forest Service Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Laid back work environment, great work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Very flexible schedule, decent compensation, family values (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • I find it hard to move all while doing the same job (in 4 reviews)

  • Federal benefits are good, but who knows what the budget cuts will bring from congress, which increasingly seems unhinged (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great People-No Funding!"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated , caring people. Interesting work!

    Cons

    The Forest Service is so underfunded-except for Fire. Once somebody retires, they don't hire someone new-they just give someone else more work. Lots of overworked people but they truly care about the forest and the public.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if the DC admin would spend a little time down in the trenches.


  2. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Idleyld Park, OR
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician in Idleyld Park, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and team environment. I loved working outside all day and also the emphasis there was on safety. We worked four 10hr days and so the 3 day weekends were great. I got lots of great experience working in a crew and the pay was good.

    Cons

    It was disappointed that sometimes we could not finish certain projects because of the budget. Also management seemed a little disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Have more of an educational/research component so that employees can gain experience applicable to other jobs. I would have also appreciated a clearer management structure.

  3. "Wore experience at USDA-FS"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Pineville, LA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Pineville, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good management services, good experimental environment

    Cons

    The research projects are not cutting-edge, low efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    hire more sophisticated scientists.


  4. "forest service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    hard to move up do to politics


  5. "HR Asst"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant
    Recommends

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Budget cuts, not so many positions as previous years.


  6. "Employment that reinforces mediocrity and refuses to reward effort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    Guaranteed paycheck with tons of paid holidays and generous vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Many of the management ranks are simply in that role because they have worked for the government for decades... no real background in the role they are trying to do. This is an environment that breeds acceptance of mediocrity and refuses to reward effort. Deadlines mean nothing in the world of government work... people talk about how busy they are but things rarely get done on time (if they even get done at all).

    Advice to Management

    Not a good environment for an ambitious person who wants to excel in their career.


  7. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Teams are spread out and hard to build camaraderie.

  8. "Palouse Fire Crew - Great Place to Work for Summer Hire"

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    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Potlatch, ID
    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Potlatch, ID
    Recommends

    I worked at USDA Forest Service part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Management created an environment focused on learning, safety, and fun. As a type 2 Initial Attach crew we were sent to states in need of fire suppression personnel rather than being locked on our own forest. As a student the fire season allowed me to support myself easily throughout the school year.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons


  9. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory/Field Technician in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Laboratory/Field Technician in Durham, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people who are truly passionate about the work they are doing, which leads to an excellent working environment. It was fulfilling to contribute to important and applicable scientific research.

    Cons

    Finding funding to keep yourself/other employed was the most stressful part of this position.


  10. "na"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    Management , activities all are good

    Cons

    USDA all are rating looking excellent

    Advice to Management

    No comments


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