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USDA Rural Development Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at USDA Rural Development as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed work environment. Workers genuinely engaged and passionate about the agency and the work they do.

    Cons

    The slowness of communication in the chain of command due to the amount of bureaucracy.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Working for USDA-"

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

    I worked at USDA Rural Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the federal govt civil service for 20 years-half of which was with USDA. It is a good place to work if you are able to manage your own priorities and think independently. Supervision is not always available or particularly helpful. Benefits are great, health insurance is one of the best, but you do pay for it.

    Cons

    Being part of such a large organization usually means you won't have much influence. Sometimes you just have to 'go with the flow' Civil service is very conservative and there is a lot of 'but we always do it that way' adverse to change!

    Advice to Management

    Look more carefully at who you promote to supervision. Be open to new ideas.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Loan Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Loan Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USDA Rural Development full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt. IT is five years behind the private sector.


  6. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk
    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was a summer intern and I loved working for the USDA. They were a great employer and wanted to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Trying to get time off.


  7. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great org, lots of ops

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

    Advice to Management

    None really...keep up the good work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and learn"

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

    Pros

    All things renewable energy comes out of Rural America so this was a phenomenal learning resource with respect to the many new technologies coming out. Very friendly office.

    Cons

    Could be slow on occasion. Had to seek out additional projects to keep busy.

    Advice to Management

    Government hiring bureaucracy is terrible. Less hierarchy and more meritocracy.


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