FAA Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
147 Reviews
3.5
147 Reviews
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FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other (in 8 reviews)

  • Job security is decent even with sequester (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Rotating shifts, tough to get time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Air traffic controller

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits, very rewarding

    Cons

    Difficult work schedule, working during the holiday season

  2.  

    Big bureaucracy, little cross department accountability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    compensation is very good for federal employment
    your job is as good as your supervisor

    Cons

    sometimes your career is dependent on factors for with you have no control
    competence varies greatly from exceptional to exceptionally bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very agile Govt agency. Client just doesn't spend citizen's tax money, they do have a vision and a strategy to align IT investments with the business goals.

    Cons

    Not a very highly paid company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand the potential of your employees and clients and provide an appropriate role to them that fits their talent instead of assigning any task to anybody.

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  5.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Atlantic City, NJ

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work-life balance, management flexible to your needs, work pressure ebb and flows not constant pressure

    Cons

    limited paths to career growth unless you decide to manage people. Job openings sometimes are too limiting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Psychology Researcher Human Factor Research Division

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Factors Psychology Research  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Human Factors Psychology Research in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere, wealth of new ideas,

    Cons

    Restrictions on budget, cutbacks in personnel, work overload, weak expectations, continuous oversight and extreme
    hierarchical bureaucracy prevents new ideas from coming to fruition, projects are often not seen through to completion.Communication needs complete restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entirely too many layers of management, security of jobs is at the whims of congress, projects are often understaffed, entirely too much reliance on contractors who are not adequately overseen. The FAA is still an old white boys club. Suggest baby boomers get on board or are fast tracked to retirement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job, lousy employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    40 Hour work week, get paid while you train.

    Cons

    Abusive management, poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that without the controllers there is no air traffic control. Management is top heavy and unresponsive to controller needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Perfect for veteran feds who want easy work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Laidback environment
    - Cordial co-workers
    - Decent pay

    Cons

    - FAA not willing to invest in training for permanent employees, so permanent gov't workers tend to have less training than contractors who's parent companies' train employees before bidding them out.
    - Slow pace
    - Not enough work
    - IT Team leads become micromanagers from their lack of tasks
    - Uppers gossiping at w/i earshot (but that's everywhere)
    - Not alot of mid-rang career openings, only high up position so tons of FAA positions require grad degrees for promotion, since it's hard to have an opportunity to learn the job from more experienced people alone.
    - Not an information sharing type of environment. Veteran programmers hog the work to appear busy. Don't want to delegate and train.
    - Slow to learn newer programming languages/technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to train team leads to actually help with training/giving helpful tips to employees. I've wasted thousands of hours on language/technology I have yet to use. My time has been excessively wasted with bad tips.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    FAA has stability and growth opportunities, but lacks in the area of bonus specific incentives like the private sector.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stability, work life balance and office culture.

    Cons

    No incentives for salary growth, stock options etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide incentives for growth and a more incentive based reward system which could at least somewhat try to match private sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A premium government agency with vast opportunities to obtain a variety of training and develop skills in any discipline

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Warrenton, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Warrenton, VA

    I have been working at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Superior training opportunities, dynamic careers, upward mobility and ability to transfer around the country and beyond.

    Cons

    Government job...pay setting can be difficult to swallow for new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Telework, autonomy and leadership development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Telework available!!! love this.

    I also love the sense of autonomy I get from my boss.

    Cons

    Legacy mindset within the enterprise service center.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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