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Updated July 29, 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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11 Employee Reviews

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  1. Quality People

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Trainee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Student Trainee in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great food, lovely campus design and very low stress levels (in research)

    Cons

    Lower pay than private industry and potential heavy traffic depending on where you live and when you commute. Only 2 parking spaces per 3 employees so public transit encouraged.


  2. Linux System Administrator

    Current Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Everything is good at FDA.

    Cons

    Should have been a more lengthier assignment


  3. Interdisciplinary and collaborative environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn both practical and theoretical knowledge with the research done here, as findings at the FDA will directly impact the regulatory base for the industry

    Cons

    Process of exploring and applying findings to new papers or regulations is very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Very good learning experience for the interns. Giving a list of pre-requisite readings or knowledge base would help clarify the aim of some of the projects.


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  5. Director

    Former Employee - Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment; great place to work

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy makes it harder

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  6. Interesting, important agency with good work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Compelling public health mission; dynamic environment; large, diverse agency with multiple career paths; support for good work/life balance; support for telework.

    Cons

    Challenging budget climate and funding model; difficult to access via public transportation; agency manages multiple and conflicting roles and stakeholders leading to contentious decisions. Space is also a significant challenge on the White Oak campus.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider implementing additional opportunities for compensation and benefits, particularly related to education, professional development, and student loan forgiveness.


  7. Smart people doing good work to protect the public health

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super smart peers, interesting work, good environment, commitment to public health, relatively nice facilities

    Cons

    Red-tape, salaries not competitive with private sector, politics is still there, some miscommunication between parts of the agency

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work but could do better job recruiting


  8. Helpful (2)

    Outstanding priceless experience worth experiencing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, scientific volume, scientific exposure, incredible learning curve, excellent uber-intelligent colleagues. It is what you make of it and the opportunities abound - but it is what you endeavor to ultimately achieve that matters most.

    Cons

    Government process and salary - worth every penny of sacrifice in salary for long-term prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the stellar job. Not that management is perfect but it what you learn from their varied approaches that build your strengths and diminish your weaknesses. The most important part about management is their collegial support in developing your career. Ultimately, it is what you make of it.


  9. a good place for just research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy working environment for researchers in early career stage

    Cons

    Not permanent. Not sponsor visa

    Advice to Management

    Sponsor H1-B visa for foreigners


  10. Scientific Reviewers are good engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Director in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and good colleagues Nice facilities

    Cons

    Deadlines, User fees, large branches


  11. Student Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Connections, Learning, Stimulating, Independent, Stable

    Cons

    slow paced, relaxed, losing funding



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