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Updated January 4, 2015
Updated January 4, 2015
164 Reviews
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Pros
  • Has great job security, and a ton of great people working for them (in 15 reviews)

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


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

  • Shift work with weekends and holidays (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    ATC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Northeast, NY
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Northeast, NY

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding career with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Work with minimal supervision - unless you make a mistake! Then everyone is your boss:-)

    Cons

    Incompetent management that is totally isolated from the mission of the FAA. Work weird hours and all holidays - but that comes with the territory:-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your people.....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    FAA ATCS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Great union/federal pay and protections. Fun and important work.

    Cons

    You're a cog in a wheel. Hope you like working in a soap opera drama / locker room full of perverts and joksters and ego jocks / one uppers. Not everyone is this way but at least half the folks your stuck sitting next to until it's your turn on the break list are.

     The schedule is the absolute pits. The rattler as it is called is five shifts backwards rotating self compressing shifts. For example. Say your days off are mon/tue(everything is bid by seniority. You won't see weekends most likely for ~15yrs on average) you work two or three swings, one or two days followed by a mid the same day as your last day shift. So you go into work on Wednesday afternoon. And your last shift ends Sunday morning at 5am. Granted this is Only at the 24/7 facilities but it wears you out quick. And the invisible monkey on your shoulders whether your ego admits it or not is the ten thousand pound subconscious weight of responsibility you have to keep planes from smacking together. The work is fun but the constant screwing around with each other like in the movie pushing tin is the reality.

    Hope you can go to the bathroom on a schedule. The breaks are good but your tied to a position until it's your turn on the break list. And you'll be made to feel Week and bothersome if you ask for relief to just use the bathroom. Just like in grade school when the teacher shamed you for needing to go to the bathroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to end the us be them mentality between controllers and front line managers. Include controllers in your planning and hold FLMs and like controllers accountable for a truly professional operating environment. If CVRs are required for pilots shouldn't a 24/7 passive recording system be in the ops rooms as well or are we to scared / unwilling to hold ourselves to the same level of accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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 (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.  

    Great job, lousy employer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    It's good, but it could have been better

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

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

    Pros

    I was a student intern here and got a permanent job right after. The people are great. The job is easy. The benefits are good. It's a laid-back typical government office working environment.

    Cons

    A lot of politics. Watch your back, and there are a lot of back stabbers that are just looking for opportunities to bring you down if you are looking to a higher position. Some managers, program offices and program managers do NOT know anything about management, leadership, or even the actual project that they are supposed to be "managing" . If you do well, and the project has a great turn out, they'll take all credit and not even to mention your name. It is very hard to get to upper management level as you have to have connection and majority of the people that I work with are just so l-a-z-y and s-l-o-w-w-w

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to encourage junior employees to look for opportunities to raise. Need to improve schedule management, and keep things in line. Make logic decisions and do NOT let someone else to make decision for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Proactive Agency

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient to Metro
    Autonomy when leadership is happy with your work output

    Cons

    Always proactive never reactive. Multiple meetings to discuss what was discussed - wasted time. Things have to go through several layers of approval before it's actually given any thought. Nepotism and favoritism is rampant. Disconnect between what senior leadership verbalizes and what actually happens at the worker level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to employees. Enforce policy and procedures. Encourage cooperation and foster good customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a government job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance, could coordinate travel schedule

    Cons

    Work pace was very slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Contractor w/ the FAA

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

    I have been working at FAA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    You're given a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Not the best space for opportunity if you are a contractor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    FAA doesn't value education

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

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

    Pros

    The average pay is good. Job security is decent even with sequester.

    Cons

    Friends of Managers get promotions regardless of experience, knowledge or ability.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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