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USDA Forest Service Reviews

Updated Apr 29, 2019

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Found 151 reviews

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

  • "The most positive thing about working for this employer was the chance to work outdoors(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Budget cuts, shutdowns, and arbitrary changes in direction have become more frequent(in 8 reviews)

  • "Be ready for long hours getting to know the what, where and why paperwork(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Mountain View, AR

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful Work Environment, Nice People, Time Flies By

    Cons

    Slow Season can be a little boring.

    USDA Forest Service2019-04-29
  2. "North Umpqua Ranger District - Glide, OR"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Glide, OR

    I worked at USDA Forest Service part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * Supportive Co-workers * Positive Environment * Transparent/Consistent Standards Established To Ensure Productivity and Customer Satisfaction

    Cons

    * Often, crucial social tact is neccessary to properly interact with customers in a positive/productive manner.

    Advice to Management

    Everything was great and I hope to maybe return one day. But definitely need to interact more with the community and youth as an agency to ensure public support when making crucial decisions.

    USDA Forest Service2019-04-11
  3. "Awesome"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at USDA Forest Service part-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Had the time of my life

      Cons

      Long term side effects of firefighting

      USDA Forest Service2019-01-20
    • "Forestry"

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      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

      USDA Forest Service2018-09-29
    • "Great place"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Pay and benefits are great.

        Cons

        Occasional boredom will occur sometimes.

        USDA Forest Service2018-09-07
      • "Too many politics and not enough accountability in regards to leadership."

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

        I worked at USDA Forest Service

        Pros

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

        Cons

        Inconsistent in how the utilize rules

        USDA Forest Service2018-09-10
      • Helpful (1)

        "Review for USDA NRCS Org"

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        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.

        USDA Forest Service2018-08-22
      • Helpful (1)

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

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        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 for 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.

        USDA Forest Service2018-09-10
      • Helpful (1)

        "DO NOT ACCEPT EMPLOYMENT AT THE CONTACT CENTER"

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

        I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time for 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...

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        USDA Forest Service2018-08-09
      • "Lack of Leadership and Direction"

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

        I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time for 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.

        USDA Forest Service2018-08-29
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