USDA Rural Development Reviews

Updated Feb 24, 2020

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3.2
59%
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48%
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USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Thomas C. Dorr (no image)
Thomas C. Dorr
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Wonderful work- life balance available with telework and flexible hours(in 5 reviews)

  • "Job security, recession-proof, work autonomy(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Red tape, micromanagement, government procedures that hinder progress(in 5 reviews)

  • " government red (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Area Specialist"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Specialist 

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time

    Pros

    Excellent medical, dental, retirement, 401K benefits, paid time off, promotion opportunities, telework available, etc.

    Cons

    Occasional hiring freezes and occasional reductions in force are possible.

  2. "Area Technician Review"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Coordinator 

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Little micromanagement at the local level. Good benefits. Sense of helping the people of Rural America. Pay is adequate for the level of work.

    Cons

    Little advancement oppertunities. Archaic bureaucracy. An antiquated hiring program that has only gotten slower and less beneficial to either the agency or applicants.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run for your life....."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Processor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    can't think of a single one. quit and find something else

    Cons

    Hired as a processor in customer service at the St. Louis location. worst decision of my life. initial job interview and info given about the job is very deceptive. Management is aware this job is terrible...very high turnover, low morale, and unprofessional work environment. every department is behind and you will deal with rude, angry customers most of the time. insurance department rarely makes payments on time, not sure how this is even legal... facility is also in a very seedy neighborhood. quit and never looked back...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run for your life!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no pros to working at USDA - Rural Development

    Cons

    Bad bosses. Horrible work life balance. Evil, scheming co-workers.

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  5. "Rural Development Loan Officer for 6 counties"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mortgage Loan Officer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, great salary and benefits

    Cons

    Not enough time to cover all aspects of all assignments, sales, review of loans

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  6. "Great Employer"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, great leave package

    Cons

    Low staffing due to hiring freeE

  7. "Terrible, Inefficient Agency"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - MFH Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Pay Scale Flexible schedules and leave

    Cons

    Little to No training Severely understaffed to do efficient work Government red tape Extremely slow processing times for every transaction, leading to frustrated customers Little power to enforce rules

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  8. "Bad time to be a federal employee."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Area Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Schedule is great! The work life balance is great. We really do a lot of good in the community. We a help people every day.

    Cons

    USDA isn’t hiring right now. This includes internal promotions as well. No lateral movements, nothing. It’s a rough time to be a federal employee.

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  9. "Loan officer"

    4.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development

    Pros

    Stable work environment with good job stability and good compensation structure

    Cons

    Changes can come slowly. Compensation versus performance may not be appropriate

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

    1.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development

    Pros

    Somewhat job stability with federal government

    Cons

    Upper management are VERY incompetent. They are grandfathered in the old system and have been able to get away with harassment, bullying, and whatever they can do. Horrible management skills and most upper management do not have degrees in business. Please do not work here!

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