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Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Program Services Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wdnr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good mission and vision. Rewarding work and management cares about their employees. Family like culture.

    Cons

    Budget regulated work. May lose job through budget cuts in short notice.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Wildlife"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wdnr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working in the natural resources with majority of people passionate bout Conservation and the Benefits. Always a diversity of tasks throughout the year.

    Cons

    Political aspects, low pay, lack of appreciation, respect for work load like we are just a number despite hours on hours of dedication volunteering, relocating multiple times, college degree, training. Rather have higher turnover with employees than quality individuals passionately suited to serve the General Public and equally our Natural Resources.

    Advice to Management

    Some people grew up with a background and desire to live and work for our great resources to not be tossed away, should be more noticeable respectfully!

  3. "Technical Reviewer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wdnr (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping environment
    Very flexible
    Are able to work independently

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement
    little to no employee training


  4. "Regulatory specialist"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Permit Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Regulatory Permit Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For an FTE, good health care, 401k, pension plan.

    For an LTE, almost nothing. These are the penance years of getting "experience" and "making connections" to try to get a FTE, union job.

    Note that the state union for DNR employees is not the best. Raises, when and if finally negotiated, are typically around 1 - 2%. However, there is excellent job protection, and it is nearly impossible to be fired once you are vested into the union.

    Usually have to work as an LTE for a couple years before getting offered a FTE position. Even then, you often have to take a "regulatory" FTE position which have high turnover, in order to position yourself for a "good" job in "biology" - wildlife, fisheries, water resources, etc. Maybe this should be a "con".

    Cons

    Hours are generally non-flexible, unless your immediate supervisor is willing to be flexible.

    There is a big divide between the local DNR workers throughout the state and upper management in Madison, resulting in an "ivory tower" division of work.

    Regulatory decisions regarding issuing or denying permits can become extremely political.

    If you enjoy working in the field, you can choose a lower paying field position - you will never get rich, but should make at least a living wage doing what you enjoy. If you want to move upwards, get promotions or more than a mere living wage, you will have to apply for and obtain promotions that will take you out of the field and put you into the office to appease the public, management, regulations and the politicians. It usually requires that you move to Madison to the HQ there, and I recommend that you have people already there who will recommend you and shepherd you into an upward position. Jobs there can sometimes be very partisan.

    Employees can be extremely hypersensitive to state politics. If a republican is governor, water cooler talk can be extremely depressing.


  5. "Wisconsin DNR"

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    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wdnr full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, little chance of layoff, excellent coworkers, you can learn about a lot of different programs, good place to gain experience and education, you can live in rural Wisconsin and still make a living

    Cons

    Stagnant low wages and no raises for the last 10 years. If you are a white male your prospects in this organization will be handicapped. Every 4 years the climate changes and there is not much of a long view or long term strategy. The agency is not very agile. Politically appointed management will malign the agency and its employees in the public forum.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some technically competent managers and quit pretending we are going to do all the stuff we did 10 years ago with 1/2 the people we had 10 years ago.


  6. "Don't recommend working here under Walker administration"

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    Current Employee - LTE in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - LTE in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wdnr (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, very flexible schedule, laid back work atmosphere, and opportunities for job shadowing and career exploration within the DNR.

    Cons

    Poor company/administrative culture which is likely the product of the Walker administration. Doesn't appear ideal to look for a full time position as salaries of permanent employees have not been raised for the past 6 years. Little job training. Fear of layoffs. Majority of other staff within 5 years of retirement age, with many looking to retire soon. Impossible workload due to not having enough staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like people who you'd like to keep working for the state, as opposed to selfless individuals who don't care about pay or other benefits.


  7. "Great people to work with"

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and the atmosphere is casual. Also, people are very willing to help others and explain things to new people.

    Cons

    Sometimes things are not run very efficiently, and there are now fewer people because Scott Walker has decided to not fill the jobs of a lot of people that are retiring, which means more work for the people who are left.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and continue to communicate with your staff about goals and finding out if there's any red tape holding them back from completing a project.

  8. "LTE naturalist at state park"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors, educate people on the geological history of the area. You meet a variety of visitors.

    Cons

    Poor management system, with expectations not very clear.


  9. "Natural Heritage Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wdnr (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers were great. Everyone is very friendly, and always willing to help.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons for the departments. Everyone seemed willing to help each other.


  10. "Loved it, helped me grow."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wdnr part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LTE work is available for recent graduates to get their feet wet. Was allowed to work on projects that would lead to professional development. Many experienced, dedicated employees in this agency. Never had a day when I didn't want to go to work.

    Cons

    LTEs are not typically compensated fairly for work performed. Many vacancies go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. Hiring outlook varies according to the political climate downtown.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages for limited term employees.


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