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Updated April 18, 2015
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed (in 12 reviews)

  • Working in the field affords great exposure to the breadth of the Agency's public health responsibilities (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited opening in terms of full-time jobs (in 5 reviews)

  • Government bureaucracy and typical federal employee stereotypes exist (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Lots of hard working people that care about what they do.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientific Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Scientific Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I work with a lot of intelligent, hard working people that care about doing what is best for public health and the medical device industry. There is a lot of opportunity to obtain a lot of different experiences fairly easily. Salaries are fairly competitive given that it is a government position.

    Cons

    Broad policy and red tape often make it difficult to do the right thing efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on determining the right thing to do and manipulate the rules, policies and regulations to make it happen. Don't let the overly broad and purposefully vague regulations be misinterpreted and make things more complex than they need to be.


  2. Not for young people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As a research fellow, the pay rate is OK. Of course higher than being a research assistant at school. Good life-work balance.

    Cons

    Such life style may not be what you like ......


  3. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work and opportunities, some government bureaucracy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Public health mission underneath it all. In general, people who work there are good, dedicated in my opinion. For those early in career, you'll learn quite a bit and gain broad exposure. For those late in career, stability. Work-life balance is what you make of it. Flexible workplace arrangements, when exercised, are a good option for all.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy can be frustrating. Change is non-existent at times. The negative effects of the political process (e.g. Shutdown) at times can be maddening.

    Advice to Management

    Change culture to empower employees. They work for the public, not for you.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Interesting mission and work. Government bureaucracy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good opportunity for those wanting stability and work-life balance. Many people are drawn to mission focus and are dedicated to their work. If not experienced, the breadth of exposure and training opportunities are generally a plus. People are generally good.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy and typical federal employee stereotypes exist. Career advancement can be slow and you're affected by nonsensical political by products (budgets, shutdowns). Management lacks leadership and increasingly resembles political employees the higher you go up the chain. Risk averse culture of thinking in all ways and inability of system to change for the better.


  6. a foot in the door for a fresh graduate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    federal job, security and perks

    Cons

    low on innovation, not a great place to be long term if you have research on your mind because of its regulatory focus

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Helpful (4)

    Ready to Go

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed. People are friendly. Good benefits. Great job security.

    Cons

    Very political. Things move super slow. The same few are hand-picked for opportunities. Most of the decisions made by management are illogical and reduce efficiency. Bad workers seem to be rewarded/recognized more than great employees. Some managers and team leaders lack adequate knowledge and management skills for their positions. Few opportunities for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Reward/recognize talented employees. Get rid of horrible workers. Give opportunities to people who deserve them. Allow employees to get better training and professional development. Listen to employee feedback and take them into consideration when making decisions that affect the work that employees do. We actually really know what we're talking about.


  8. Good work experience, but disorganized and inefficient.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to many different processes and devices. People are very intelligent and hardworking, and care about the work they do.

    Cons

    Low pay, although benefits and time off are quite good. Disorganized operations. Culture and experience highly dependent upon which division you are working in.

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline operations. So many processes are sluggish because everything continues to be done the way it's always been done.


  9. summer internship

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    Former Intern - Summer Internship in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Summer Internship in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it is research oriented in practice

    Cons

    not very much different from school


  10. Working as a temporary scientist (biologist) at FDA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The workload is pretty low. Bosses are easily satisfied.

    Cons

    Research is not highly appreciated by senior management.


  11. Great Place to Intern - If you want little responsibility and good pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits Friendly Co-workers Minimal Stress (no real deadlines from my experience)

    Cons

    Middle Managers do not provide support or encouragement Little opportunity for advancement as an intern Not great environment for young people

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting so much money



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