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USDA Rural Development Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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  1. "Area Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Area Specialist
    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. "Terrible, Inefficient Agency"

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    Current Employee - MFH Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    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 (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

    Advice to Management

    Put an extensive ongoing training program into place for all employees
    Increase the Full Time employee numbers by a LARGE amount so that one person is not overloaded with an unmanageable number of tasks, and that multiple persons can handle similar tasks so that jobs to not stop with one person. Hire more specialists and technicians that specialize in more specific areas of each program, rather than a very small amount of employees trying to master a huge amount of different subject areas (budgets, inspections, ADA rules, foreclosures, workout plans, transfers, substitutions, learning several computer programs, and countless other day to day tasks.
    Have an open line of Communication among field offices, state offices, finance offices, and national offices.
    Not belittling field office employees for asking questions when no training is in place in the first place.

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

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    Current Employee - Area Technician in Chicago, IL
    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 (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.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people! Let people move!


  4. "Loan officer"

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

    Pros

    Stable work environment with good job stability and good compensation structure

    Cons

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


  5. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!


  6. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Area Director
    Former Employee - Area Director
    Recommends

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    Transparent pay scale
    Help people
    Value experience as well as education
    Generous amounts of PTO

    Cons

    Government red tape
    Never enough employees for the amount of work

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the amazing things employees accomplish with limited resources.


  7. "What you make it"

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

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time

    Pros

    There are definitely opportunities for growth up to a certain level and then you would hit a ceiling. Management and Employees really are driven to help those in the surrounding rural communities. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    There may be some outside of State offices they may be overlooked for promotions and somewhat slow to change overall.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to look at the unconventional candidate for potential. potential

  8. "USDA Rural Development- Civil Rights"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Weekends off & all major holidays.
    Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Commute to D.C. can be tiresome if you live anywhere but in the district.


  9. "Best job ever..in spite of uncertainty"

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    Current Employee - GS 13 in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - GS 13 in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with great people while helping rural towns, businesses and people. Every day is different. Wonderful work- life balance available with telework and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Uncertain future due to changes in administrations and federal budget. Lots of bureaucracy and some remnants of "old boy network" mentality. Not nimble so slow to effect change.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the hard work and dedication of the employees in the field rather than continually focusing on those at State or National level.


  10. "Area Technician"

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    Current Employee - Area Technician
    Current Employee - Area Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse programs that provide assistance to rural communities. Teleworking is available as well as a flexible work and leave schedule.

    Cons

    Because of the perpetual hiring freeze, as people retire or leave they are not replaced and their work is divided up among staff. I had better health care benefits when I was in the private sector. Budget cuts play havoc on any type of long-term planning.

    Advice to Management

    Assessment of your staff is key. Finding out their strength and weaknesses will really help make the team stronger. Place employees in areas or programs where they will thrive.


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