FAA Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. Air Traffic Controller

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, but mostly a challenging and rewarding career.

    Cons

    The FAA is a huge old school bureaucracy full of nepotism, where no one in upper management is held accountable for anything. So every decision the FAA makes defies logic and goes against common sense. "This makes absolutely no sense but hey, it's the FAA" is a common sentiment shared by all FAA employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting your golf buddies and learn some accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. If you thrive in an atmosphere of bureaucratic inaction, this is the place for you!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Federal benefits and good salaries. A good place to would if your in ATO.

    Cons

    It's not what you know but whose _ss you kiss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they may actually know something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Full of fakeness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Managers run the show. If you cannot play the fake game and smooch up to the necessary people. Your advancement is null, regardless of your knowledge and contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Could be so much better with inspired leadership

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    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL

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

    Pros

    Generous benefit package, interesting work, cool equipment, early retirement, decent pay

    Cons

    Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and honest with employees, allow employees choices whenever possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. It's an ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are nice.

    Cons

    No room to move forward unless you are actually in the aviation field, like a former pilots or mechanics. People have been there for years and do the bare minimum just to get step increases. As soon as things are about to change, people start retiring in droves to avoid changing or learning new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More growth for non aviation related careers To government in general, re-evaluate the grade system, or do away with it all together, need to structure and act more like private industry, where advancement is based on actual merit, not longevity, then the government would be more productive and proactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    FAA: For better or for worse.

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Stability, pay, lack of required production.

    Cons

    Organizational pursuit of mediocrity. Threatened by excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit promoting under educated unenlightened desk monitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    coworkers are nice and pleasant people

    Cons

    poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fix pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Poorly qualified supervisors and trained controllers.

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Proud to be a good air traffic controller.

    Cons

    Low standards for training new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Bureaucratic and frustrating - you don't make a difference

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    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    Mostly stable once permanent but everything take twice as long to get done as in the real world, making it all ineffective.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic baloney, silly actions that do nothing, knee-jerk reactions that waste time and taxpayer's money, twice as much work to get anything done because of red tape and idiotic rules. Federal unions are raping the taxpayers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would have to be at a higher level to do any good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Do not even consider atc

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, benefits, frequent breaks, organized agency, you can become a supervisor if you are a horrible controller

    Cons

    Work life balance sucks, you'll never get weekends off unless you have 20 plus years experience, you have to chose leave a year in advance and its based on seniority, it's a macho based high school like environment,, limited career advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab a headset and work some traffic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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