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    Contractor w/ the FAA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - 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
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    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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    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Gain experience with certification

    Cons

    No career progression for high performers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create culture for high performance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Civil Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Salary, Schedule, Holidays and Time

    Cons

    People here are dumb. Waste a lot of tax payer money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great career but always behind in the game

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, stable, great benefits.

    Cons

    however, the internal processes and political tie ups are a HUGE stopper for innovation and talking about "out-of-the-box thinking". No much career advancement for young adults or college grads.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beurocracy

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

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

    Pros

    Stability and pay in addition to work/life balance.

    Cons

    Beurocracy.. lots of red tape. Hard to impact change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning opportunity

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

    I worked at FAA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent hours, work with limited supervision

    Cons

    Stressful, not very family-oriented. Forced to use personal leave if center is closed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flex scheduling, telework options

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, and went downhill about halfway through!

    • 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 pay is good, benefits are great (as long as Congress doesn't change what they promised you when you hired on), and co-workers.

    Cons

    Management - most managers, including field facility management, do not belong in management. They are power hungry, egotistical, and do what they want knowing they are going against the directives/orders. I've had upper managers tell me they do what they want and then apologize later. You would think that a happy employee is a productive employee, but not with the FAA.

    Having to deal with Congress/Senate every year not knowing if you will have a job because they can't agree on a budget...case in point...October 2013 federal government shut down for 16 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put managers in position that are qualified to work in that position and get rid of the ones that don't belong there.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great pay and benefits, some horrible people to work with though.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist

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

    Pros

    The pay, retirement, medical and vacation/sick leave are all great. You can potentially retire in 20 years. You start out getting 4 hours sick leave, 4 hours of vacation every two weeks. Then 6 hours vac,4 hrs sick after 3years of service, then 8 hrs vac, 4 hrs sick after 15yrs of service.

    Very interesting job IF you can handle the stress. Doesn't matter how smart you are, a rocket scientist could wash out at this job and a high school dropout could kick butt at it. It's an aptitude thing and how well you handle stressful situations calmly. Must be great at multitasking and paying very close attention to detail both visually and listening at the same time.

    Some really great people to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the fellow controllers you work with are complete jerks! There are a lot of egos in this job, and some people let it go to their head and treat the new trainees like the lowest form of life on earth. Some controllers seem to take pleasure in "hazing" the new people and it can get personal. I have heard stories of fights breaking out back in the day.

    The worst part of the job is the when you are training. Problem is, that at an en-route center, training can last 4 years or more! A lot of people burn out during the training period, and in my opinion a good portion of the stress of the job is dealing with complete jerks that you work with.

    The problem is that once you make it as a certified professional controller, you are essentially untouchable and some people feel that they can say and do pretty much anything. The supervisors and trainers don't seem to want to step in and put these people in their place maybe because they know they have no real power to do so? Also the unsaid "rule" is that as a trainee you just shut your mouth and do not talk back to fully certified controllers, you are expected to just take the abuse. Very high schoolish work atmosphere in that there is a lot of immaturity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of this hostile work environment! A lot of sups just stand around and let a few jerk controllers create a horrible work environment! It is up to management to set the tone for how people should behave. Also don't rush trainees through their training! I think this was not helpful for me, I was not allowed very much time to "season" on my D-sides before starting R-side training. I think I had 2 weeks of "seasoning" time. Back in the day you would season for a year or so on each position before moving on to the next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great job working in a bureaucracy

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

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

    Pros

    Being involved with air traffic control was a great career. The pay is terrific and the benefits as a federal employee are very good.

    Cons

    It is a stressful environment and management is often clueless to what is really happening at the radar scope. Management increases the stress on controllers by not insuring that they are properly supported .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FAA upper management changes often. Direction and planning change as often. The emphasis should be more on the safety of air traffic over the considerations, while important, of the airlines bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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