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Washington State Department of Natural Resources Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Decent Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    most of the staff is friendly, work load is consistent and manageable, flexible with schedule for employees that have to work around the school year schedule, understanding when need to call out sick.

    Cons

    some staff can be uptight making the work environment uncomfortable when they are under stress, if you don't have a degree it is almost impossible to promote from a clerical position even when you've worked there for almost 10 years. They like to bring in fresh faces often into job openings so it happens more often than you'd think that a person off the street is hired over an employee who has been there several years.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees more. Especially the Office Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Secretary's...you will be surprised at how the atmosphere of your division will be a happier and friendlier one. Also, consider offering training to those employees who have been loyal rather than hiring someone new off the street. :)


  2. "Forest planning intern"

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    Former Intern - Forest Planning in Olympia, WA
    Former Intern - Forest Planning in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good exposure on various projects. Friendly co-workers who are willing to teach. Freedom to play to your strengths. Good pay.

    Cons

    Administration and supervisors unprepared for interns. Fair bit of idle downtime. Had to push for more projects and to see different sectors of the department.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Secretary Senior in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Secretary Senior in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great people. Easy going work environment, while still remaining productive and making a difference. Working at DNR allows you the opportunity to volunteer to help combat wildfires in Washington State. Depending on your Divisions budget, they pay for training, classes, and ergonomic workstations and office supplies. Can take time off when you are sick without question or being guilted.

    Cons

    Government politics can give you a headache. Constantly out of the loop on what is happening within the DNR. I found myself bored a lot of the time as a result of how slow government works. Private sector pays more unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any. I loved working there.


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  5. "Senior Capstone"

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    Former Intern - Free Labor in Olympia, WA
    Former Intern - Free Labor in Olympia, WA

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work that they do is an important one, they breed trees in order to replant certain areas affected by clear cuts or wild fires.

    Cons

    Since this was for my senior design project, there were no wages gathered.


  6. "Former employee"

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    Former Contractor - Forester in Castle Rock, WA
    Former Contractor - Forester in Castle Rock, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competent coworkers, positive work environment, supportive management.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion, low pay


  7. "Secretary Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love the people I work with.

    Cons

    Paying for parking sucks. It comes directly out of your paycheck, but sometimes you don't even get a decent parking spot unless you get here super early in the morning.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "No major complaints"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits
    - Employees here worked harder than at other government offices/departments I've worked for (different state). Most don't fit the lazy-government-worker stereotype.

    Cons

    - Low pay compared to equivalent private sector work
    - Upper management has pet projects due to the commissioner being an elected official and needing to satisfy donors/supporters. This also means all upper-management turns over when a new commissioner is elected. That was probably the biggest downfall of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so tied to the special interest groups that got you elected.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "agency run by "yes men" but most have integrity"

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    Former Employee - Natural Resource Scientist III in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Natural Resource Scientist III in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good professional development and peer interaction

    Cons

    the agency is run by an elected official and with each new incumbent, upper management scatters as the heads role. Each new incumbent must re-invent the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    have some back bone


  10. "Fantastic Place to Work at."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great People to work with and for

    Cons

    Low wages not even close to private sector pay and benefits aren't as good as they used to be.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Washington State Department of Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some divisions have a congenial, welcoming atmosphere. Some managers have innovative, forward-thinking approaches. Healthcare benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Work experience is tied to division and section management, which can vary wildly. Salaries are not competitive with private sector. Little opportunity or encouragement for continued education or career advancement. Much of the workforce is weary and apathetic after dealing with government bureaucracy for too long.

    Advice to Management

    HR should not be given the power to make critical decisions on workplace classifications for which they have little to no knowledge or experience. This has very adverse consequences for the DNR staff.