Agency Report

Agricultural Research Service (USDA)

Best Places to Work Rank
out of 305 Agency Subcomponents

  146  

2016 Index Score
62.9

Change from 2015
3.4 


Parent Agency
Department of Agriculture (Index Score: 63.1)
Mission
To conduct research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination.
Website
http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm

SCORES AND RANKINGS

Rank Change
(2015‑16)
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Index Score 146 of 305 3.4  62.9 59.5 61.6 62.0 63.2 61.7 65.3 65.8 60.8 67.6 64.8
Category Rank Change
(2015‑16)
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Effective Leadership 193 of 303 3.2  54.6 51.4 53.3 55.4 52.8 52.4 53.5 54.9 50.7 56.2 56.0
Effective Leadership: Empowerment 158 of 303 5.5  50.2 44.7 46.6 47.8 46.3 47.8 47.9 52.1 50.3 52.2 49.5
Effective Leadership: Fairness 153 of 303 1.9  56.8 54.9 56.3 57.5 55.4 54.0 55.5 55.5 45.5 52.7 54.5
Effective Leadership: Senior Leaders 233 of 303 3.7  43.0 39.3 41.6 46.8 41.9 42.7 45.6 46.2 41.9 49.8 48.8
Effective Leadership: Supervisors 165 of 303 2.4  67.5 65.1 66.8 66.7 65.5 63.6 63.3 64.6 62.2 66.5 67.3
Employee Skills–Mission Match 87 of 304 1.6  79.3 77.7 79.4 79.9 80.5 79.5 79.3 80.2 76.9 79.1 80.2
Pay 252 of 304 4.9  55.2 50.3 52.8 49.8 57.5 57.2 62.0 61.6 56.6
Strategic Management 227 of 304 3.0  51.9 48.9 50.7 52.4 52.5 53.5 55.9 59.9 57.2 59.4 61.7
Teamwork 222 of 304 1.6  64.4 62.8 63.3 64.3 64.1 60.8 62.6 71.1 66.4 73.5 71.4
Innovation 125 of 304 2.3  65.9 63.6 65.2 65.4 67.5 68.5 69.0
Training and Development 149 of 304 3.5  61.1 57.6 58.6 58.8 59.6 58.9 61.5 64.9 61.4 68.0 64.6
Work–Life Balance 141 of 304 2.6  63.2 60.6 59.9 59.7 60.4 62.0 64.2 67.0 64.6 68.5 70.2
Support for Diversity 51 of 304 3.4  66.2 62.8 66.4 65.6 63.8 64.3 64.0 68.5 64.3 65.0 67.3
Performance-Based Rewards and Advancement 158 of 303 3.1  47.5 44.4 45.8 47.3 49.9 49.7 51.2 53.6 48.4 46.2 46.7
Demographic Rank Change
(2015‑16)
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Female 185 of 285 5.0  60.0 55.0 58.3 57.4 60.4 68.6 65.1 65.3
Male 137 of 294 1.5  66.2 64.7 65.2 68.3 65.3 62.9 68.4 66.2
American Indian or Native American 0.0 
Asian 19 of 111 0.0  79.4 72.3 73.2 69.4 75.9 71.6 68.2
Black or African-American 166 of 225 0.0  58.7 60.5 67.5 54.8 74.8 60.3 66.3
Hispanic or Latino 96 of 149 0.0  60.6 65.0 65.6 66.2 63.0 66.6 63.3
Multi-racial 11 of 99 0.0  67.4 64.2 67.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0 
White 196 of 299 0.0  63.1 61.9 67.1 63.3 64.6 67.0 66.2
Employees with Disabilities 107 of 194 0.0  57.8 49.8 57.1 57.7
LGBT 0.0 
Senior Executive Service (SES) 0.0 
Veterans 147 of 230 0.0  61.5 63.5 63.2 67.1
Demographic Rank Change
(2015‑16)
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Auditor 0.0 
Contract Specialist 0.0 
Economist 0.0 
HR Specialist 57 of 57 0.0  21.9
IT Specialist 55 of 103 0.0  57.3
Quartile Key
Lower Quartile (0–25%) Below Median (25–50%) Above Median (50–75%) Upper Quartile (75–100%)

WORKFORCE SIZE AND DEMOGRAPHICS

Data source: FedScope, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Employees joined (2015)
204 ( 3.7% )

Average joined (2010-2015)
157

Workforce with less than three years of service
6.2%

Employees left (2015)
400 ( 7.3% )

Average left (2010-2015)
421


Gender Demographics


Race/Ethnicity Demographics