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Updated May 18, 2014
Updated May 18, 2014
140 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    AWESOME JOB, the world's worst employer!! Could be so much better. You will eventually regret working for the FAA.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    One of the most challenging jobs you can get, but the personal rewards are all you will ever get. You will never be rewarded for "Doing your job" even if your performance is exemplary. Pay bonuses and time off awards are generally given to management even though they do nothing. You do the work, they get the rewards.

    Pay is reasonable, only if you are in the best locations and work the most traffic. Low level towers in high cost of living areas can be challenging. (Aspen, Southern Cali)

    23 and 1/2 years on the job and I will leave without a word next year. Sad but true. You get a decent retirement but for 25 years of service you don't get a watch (Even a timex) you get a chance to get out of jail. I am personally counting the days as if it is a prison term.

    Cons

    Terrible incompetent management (Your former coworker with no formal training) Spot Leave is nonexistent, you have to bid in October of the previous year for the ENTIRE next year if you want a chance for time off. Constant overtime due to staff shortage (But not in management, they have plenty of staffing) Work holidays, midnight shifts and shift work wears you out physically and mentally. Shift changes are constant also, staffing is short and management will NEVER cover for staffing unless they are getting paid OVERTIME to work their one sector that has no traffic in it. Perhaps the most challenging part of the job is the shift work besides dealing with "managers". Federal workers are scapegoats for every political fight lately and have paid severely in frozen wages. Unfortunately before that we had our wages frozen for 3 years and most people are pay capped at the end of their careers. Management got about 15% pay raises while controllers got nothing. A majority of management are at the congressional pay cap. Many controllers are pushing or better put, forcing their own children into this job. I would never want my children to work for the FAA in any capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the other reviews, you see the other managers saying "Good job" or "Keep up the good work" in this box and then read the REAL worker's take on it. Night and Day, just like it is at the real job. Disconnected management and the real people that make things happen have a drastically different view of how things are going. It is partly laughable but maddening at the same time. You will never in 100 years find another job that management is so removed from the operation and does so little to forward the progress of the agency's mission. (Which is to safely and efficiently move air traffic) They have biweekly management meetings where they are ALL gone all day and nobody even notices, other than the place runs more efficiently. 1 Manager "watches over" 3 or 4 people for $190K a year......The management only "works" in the area 1 or 2 days a week and the rest of the "workweek" is spent in the back offices, surfing the web or something other than productive work. Why so bitter? These very same people treated us like dirt a few years back and that is unforgivable, I deserved so much better and so did my coworkers. I watched dozens of career employees leave years before they really wanted to but they felt they had no choice. 25-30 year careers ended without so much as a thank you from management.

    I signed up to be a controller and I love what I do. Management is everything I don't want to be. I want to earn my salary and work for my pay, not run from work and do nothing for my pay. How these people live with themselves is beyond me. I call it human nature to get away with what you can and get the most for doing as little as you can. Get a job you can be proud of, working for the FAA will make you feel ashamed that you sold your soul for money. I was too close to retirement to just quit and that is not in my nature, but I was sure close.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    not honest they maded a movies of us orphans called head of state unathor moviie

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    Former Employee - Government Contract Secretary  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Government Contract Secretary in Washington, DC

    Pros

    easy scan off gov contracts strrets sale body come in by radio see what going on

    Cons

    contracts not completed there work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Busy, under appreciated, slave labor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Renton, WA

    Pros

    If you area full time employee, the pay is ridiculously high, and you don't have to work that hard.

    Cons

    If you're into an old school environment, being treated like a slave, no perks (lousy coffee), poor cafeterias, noisy working conditions, this is your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your contractors as though you depend on them, and that they are important, especially those who don't make your Air Traffic union-extorted, exorbitant salaries! don't treat them like slaves to be seen, but not heard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Painful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good benefits, job security, cool area

    Cons

    They do not fire terrible employees,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    My job experience in working in 3 lines of businesses has been repeatedly disappointing and frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Specialist  in  Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Renton, WA

    Pros

    I like having the ability to contribute to public safety.
    The job is stable and the benefits are good.
    There are a lot of opportunities to learn about aviation.

    Cons

    Overall, the management and leadership are abysmal. Employee morale is low. The FAA repeatedly shows up on the bottom of the list of the best government agencies to work for. Micromanagement and incompetence are rampant.

    The bureaucracy is stifling. Many departments provide redundant services. It is hard to move around within the agency, and if you are not an engineer or an air traffic controller, it is even harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage your departments and provide some vision and leadership. Being a manager is more than telling your subordinates "because I said so."

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Not the place to come for attorneys who have ambition.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great flexibility in your schedule.

    Cons

    No training, promotions based on favoritism, disparate work assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shouldn't be a manager if you are trying to get your name in the Marquis lights. Your job is to train and develop your employees. If you do that well, you are a good manager. If you help your employees work like a team, then you are a great leader. But, if what you are seeking is to make a name for yourself as a great attorney, then go work for a private law firm where you can prove yourself. Otherwise, your victory will be like celebrating art in a dark closet. If you came to government, chances are you are lacking somewhere - don't make others pay for your inability to shine in the real world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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