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USDA Forest Service Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • As a Federal agency this agency is at the mercy of federal budget cuts and the mood and politics of congress and as such resources needed are thinning (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are brought on as a seasonal or in a technician series it is very difficult to move up and become a perminant employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Opportunity to live near beautiful places, but archaic in many ways"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Forest Service has offices in some of the most beautiful places in the country. If you're mobile in your career, you have the opportunity to live in areas that are within a short driving distance from mountains, lakes and abundant outdoor events or you could move to a big city like Vallejo, CA, Golden CO, Kansas City, MO etc for your job. You could also land a job where you spend more time outside than in the office.

    Cons

    Always a step or two behind in technology, pushes new ways of doing business without testing them first. Shrinking work force cause work capacity to increase.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders that aren't just smart, but also emotionally intelligent. Have had 3 supervisors in the agency, and they are either disconnected when you need them engaged, hyper critical or completely rude and inappropriate.


  2. "Clean up crew"

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

    Pros

    Good work enviroment friendly people

    Cons

    Changing people who is in control too much not one person!


  3. "USDA Forest Service"

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    Former Employee - Wildlife Biologist
    Former Employee - Wildlife Biologist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A number of career opportunities, many of which allow you to work outdoors in some very beautiful places.

    Cons

    Entry level positions are often not permanent. Acquiring permanent status can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Each forest is unique. Management objectives need to adapt to each forests needs.


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  5. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Field Interpretation Ranger in Florence, OR
    Former Employee - Field Interpretation Ranger in Florence, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Freedom, Skill Development, Interagency Partnerships, Great Teamwork and Communication.

    Cons

    Temporary assignments often are the only positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep funding for internships. Continue to help interns with finding permanent employment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Riverdale, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Riverdale, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    As a current USDA employee, I don't think I can say much but all positive. A great place to work.

    Cons

    There is nothing to compare to USDA,.


  7. "Good Work Environment, not great pay"

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    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and helpful, my position allows a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not full time, not permanent to save them money
    No opportunity to move up
    pay isn't great
    Forest Service seems to be a sinking ship

    Advice to Management

    make it easier for supervisors to hire for positions they need


  8. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Rapid City, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people that work here are really nice and seem happy with their job. The building is fairly new and in good shape too. The work is nice because there is a huge emphasis on safety and quality rather than production. Great for people wanting to do quality scientific work.

    Cons

    Not very organized and the internet and computers are really slow. They really need a permanent tech advisor to help get this place up to speed.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the internet connection. Working with Arc GIS can be very slow because we need to upgrade our servers, computers, and internet connection.


  9. "Boring"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Support in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resources Support in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fed gov't benefits like all the holidays you get off with pay. Accrual of sick time and vacation is pretty nice as well.

    Cons

    I worked on the National Temp Team and the setup they have puts you in a position where its like an assembly line. You do the same thing, work on the same thing every day. They move you to other stations occasionally, but you do the same repetitive work every day.

    Advice to Management

    Let people learn the job "cradle to grave".


  10. "Forest Service - California"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Forest Service is a great place to work!

    Cons

    There was not a lot of diversity

    Advice to Management

    More diversity


  11. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA

    Pros

    Get paid to work out and get fit. Unemployment in the off season, down time. Diversity hiring benefits diverse people, making it hard for others to get a job/

    Cons

    Lots of pointless busy work. Everyone seems to have the same personality. Lots of drama behind the scenes. Lot's of favoritism also. Diversity hiring is making less qualified employees leapfrog more qualified/deserving ones.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism, secret grudges that you hold. Management would often get away with stuff because they would discriminate people they did not like and give them bad references.



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