FDA
3.7 of 5 93 reviews
www.fda.gov Silver Spring, MD 5000+ Employees

FDA Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated Nov 24, 2013
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3.8 24 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

(11 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Director (Former Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I worked at FDA full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat working environment; great place to work

ConsGovernment bureaucracy makes it harder

Advice to Senior ManagementNONE

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Interesting, important agency with good work/life balance

Program Analyst (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart people doing good work to protect the public health

Regulatory Project Manager (Former Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I worked at FDA full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up good work but could do better job recruiting

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Outstanding priceless experience worth experiencing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA full-time for more than a year

ProsExperience, 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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a good place for just research

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA full-time for less than a year

ProsEasy working environment for researchers in early career stage

ConsNot permanent. Not sponsor visa

Advice to Senior ManagementSponsor H1-B visa for foreigners

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Scientific Reviewers are good engineers

Deputy Division Director (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible Schedule and good colleagues Nice facilities

ConsDeadlines, User fees, large branches

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ORISE Fellow (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA as a contractor for more than a year

ProsConnections, Learning, Stimulating, Independent, Stable

Consslow paced, relaxed, losing funding

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Big workload, but enjoy working at FDA

Consumer Safety Officer (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA

Pros- mission of the agency is to protect the public health
- not-for-profit
- change to impact policy / make a difference
- interesting work assignments
- FDA experience is marketable, if you look to change careers down the road
- federal government benefits
- options available to work-at-home 1 or 2 days a week
- busy workload, so you are never bored!

Cons- big government red-tape
- when decisions come down from above, no ability to negotiate (it is how it is)
- busy workload with inflexible deadlines
- HR is done through the Office of Personal Management = disorganized, takes a long time for hiring paperwork to go through
- no DC metro stop near FDA headquarters in White Oak

Advice to Senior Management360 reviews would be helpful

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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