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USDA Forest Service Reviews

Updated January 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Dedicated staff, supportive environment that addresses employee issues and work life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Secure, good pay and benefits, many professional opportunities" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Budget cuts, not so many positions as previous years" (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Had the time of my life

    Cons

    Long term side effects of firefighting


  2. "Forestry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service part-time

    Pros

    Most life-giving job I have ever had

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to move forward in career ladder

  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Occasional boredom will occur sometimes.


  4. "Too many politics and not enough accountability in regards to leadership."

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

    Pros

    Great exposure regarding the day-to-day process if your field.

    Cons

    Inconsistent in how the utilize rules


  5. "Review for USDA NRCS Org"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    Progressive leadership, can try a lot of things

    Cons

    * Organization is transition, with in certain funding and political support
    * Bureaucratic with a lot of in-fight and back stabbing.


  6. "Harassment and Reprisal is still strong in the USDA Forest Service"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Redding, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Redding, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working outdoors in nature and the woods.

    Cons

    Harassment and Reprisal are out of control

    Advice to Management

    Become transparent and hold harassers accountable. Stop with the reprisal's when someone is stupid enough to report a problem.


  7. "DO NOT ACCEPT EMPLOYMENT AT THE CONTACT CENTER"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant (CONTACT CENTER) in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant (CONTACT CENTER) in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Paid Time off
    Networking
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Stability (federal employment)

    Cons

    Clueless upper level management
    Centralized HR
    Unmotivated employees
    Some of the highest paid people do no work
    Stand Up for Each Other and other diversity/sensitivity training feels like they are in place just so higher management can check a box

    Advice to Management

    Please do not hire recent graduates for the contact (CALL) center. I was offered this position and the PD stated that working as an HR assistant would essentially mean being trained in each HR department and exposure to more opportunities. There was a hiring freeze and there were no open positions until 1 year and 8 months into working at the call center (and for most of those management already has ideas on who they will select). In addition to that, the call center position is a GS 05/06/07 and 0203 (useless) series. If you accept this job it is not classified in a way that counts as specialized experience so if you want to stay with the FS you essentially have to find a position in an HR department (staffing, ER, pay) and start over under the same GS 05/06/07 level in the 0203 before you can move to the 0201 specialist series.

    The recent graduates were not told that this was a call center until we reported for work. No one would give us information on what the day to day was and we made the mistake of thinking this was normal. Some people moved across the country for this position. The management and leads are adamant about stating this is HR experience and it's not a call center because you aren't making sales. You have 60 seconds between calls and your performance appraisal depends on your numbers and stats...this is a call center.
    Please, unless you have a high school diploma with no hopes of a *real* career do not work in the contact center.

    While employed I was threatened with termination constantly during probation and labeled and stereotyped. One supervisor was allowed to treat me this way with no consequences and I was warned that if I went to the union I would be fired by seasoned agents who had seen the same thing happen to others before me.

    The rest of the HRM seems to be much better. The environment as a whole in FS, besides the rape and other sexual harassment (PBS special), is pretty good. Those in the field seem very happy and those who I have interacted with in other departments are typically kind and happier than I have been while employed. But I’ve still ran into some colleagues who belittle and talk down because of the position I worked in.

    Also, if after this you still decide to work there please be prepared for the majority of your callers asking for mundane assistance with password resets and the like. All real HR issues are typed into cases and elevated to Staffing Specialists 0201. Also, if you are a recent graduate PLEASE look at Superior Academic Achievement and make sure you accept a job based on your GPA. If you have over a 3.0 more than likely you can qualify for a GS 07 right off the bat and should not accept lower.

  8. "Lack of Leadership and Direction"

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    Current Employee - Geologist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Geologist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility depending on boss and job, currently a retirement plan.

    Cons

    Over 50% of FS funding goes to fire, can't get time sensitive work accomplished during fire season as many employees work in fire for extra money. Leadership is weak to non-existent at higher levels. Poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the fire situation, stop letting GS-9+ go on a fire as a driver or other menial tasks. Stop pandering to weak minded individuals who cry when they don't get their way.


  9. "My job"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Ukiah, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Ukiah, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for

    Cons

    Only temporary 6 months on.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time thank you


  10. "Enjoyable experience!"

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    Former Employee - Wildlife Technician in Lakemont, GA
    Former Employee - Wildlife Technician in Lakemont, GA

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy the outdoors and working for a cause then this is the job for you. I was always outside working and even though it was tough work it was rewarding,

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.