Federal Eye: Survey: MMS a bad place to work

Today’s news that top officials at the Minerals Management Service ignored warnings from agency scientists is consistent with findings in last year’s survey of the best places to work in the federal government.

The MMS scored a 63.8 out of 100 and ranked 111th of the 216 agencies, according to the 2009 Best Places to Work survey by the Partnership for Public Service. The survey compiled responses from more than 212,000 federal workers
who were asked about job satisfaction, workplace environment,
leadership and work/life balance.

Agency workers gave especially low marks to MMS leadership for “Empowerment,” “Fairness” and general leadership qualities. The survey signaled low satisfaction with the amount of information
provided by management and that leaders did not involve employees in
decisions that affected their work. The findings mirror today’s reports that MMS regional supervisors frequently ignored the concerns of staff scientists.

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