Agency Report

Agricultural Research Service (USDA)

Best Places to Work Rank
out of 339 Agency Subcomponents

  178  

2017 Index Score
65.0

Change from 2016
2.1 


Parent Agency
Department of Agriculture (Index Score: 65.9)
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
(2016‑17)
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Index Score 178 of 339 2.1  65.0 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
(2016‑17)
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2005 2003
Effective Leadership 226  of 336 2.2  56.8 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 200  of 336 1.1  51.3 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 168  of 336 3.1  59.9 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 260  of 336 2.3  45.3 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 204  of 336 2.0  69.5 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 115  of 338 0.9  80.2 79.3 77.7 79.4 79.9 80.5 79.5 79.3 80.2 76.9 79.1 80.2
Pay 305  of 338 -0.7  54.5 55.2 50.3 52.8 49.8 57.5 57.2 62.0 61.6 56.6
Strategic Management 296  of 337 -0.3  51.6 51.9 48.9 50.7 52.4 52.5 53.5 55.9 59.9 57.2 59.4 61.7
Teamwork 248  of 337 2.8  67.2 64.4 62.8 63.3 64.3 64.1 60.8 62.6 71.1 66.4 73.5 71.4
Innovation 142  of 337 1.8  67.7 65.9 63.6 65.2 65.4 67.5 68.5 69.0
Training and Development 168  of 338 1.9  63.0 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 193  of 337 0.0  63.2 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 90  of 337 1.6  67.8 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 201  of 336 1.6  49.1 47.5 44.4 45.8 47.3 49.9 49.7 51.2 53.6 48.4 46.2 46.7
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 (2016)
364 ( 6.5% )

Average joined (2010-2016)
178

Workforce with less than three years of service
9.2%

Employees left (2016)
348 ( 6.2% )

Average left (2010-2016)
409


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Race/Ethnicity Demographics