Fannie Mae

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Fannie Mae Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
48 Reviews
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Pros
  • If you go in with your eyes open, it can be a stable environment with good work/life balance (in 78 reviews)

  • Fair compensation and benefits as compared to most companies this size (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Change is bad to senior management - technology used to be empowered to provide value to the business (in 19 reviews)

  • work/life balance varies from dept to dept, manager to manager (in 8 reviews)

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    Contractor at Fannie Mae

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    Former Employee - Review Appraiser in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Review Appraiser in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Fannie Mae

    Pros

    As a contractor the best part of working at Fannie Mae was the monetary compensation. I also enjoyed my co-workers.

    Cons

    Management was out of touch and rarely interacted with their staff. The company is very unstable and there are a lot of layoffs. There was intense pressure to meet deadlines. Management encouraged employees to work until daily quota was met which often resulted in long hours, but did not allow overtime contrary to the contracting company guidelines. The Fannie Mae job guidelines were huge and were added to on a daily basis making it difficult to keep up with requirements. Contractors were generally treated poorly compared to full time workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is busy at Fannie Mae from management down, but please take time to interact with your employees; by not doing so you are only creating a negative environment and making your employees feel unimportant to the overall mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old school views

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Fannie Mae full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fannie Mae's mission is the reason most people enjoy working there. Making homeownership possible for all.

    Cons

    The policies and practices are tied to tradition and the culture is more about who you know and making friends. If you are focused and mission driven and have the expectation that others feel the same about getting the job done then this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values need to be redefined and then upper management should walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Dark, Dismal and Dysfunctional Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Fannie Mae

    Pros

    Free coffee, free snacks, free parking

    Cons

    Miserable, repressive, autocratic work environment. Typical government GSE ineptitude at its finest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture sucks the life out of everyone. No point in making recommendations because it is a government entity and is daily choking the joy out of employees with bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Degree of Politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fannie Mae

    Pros

    FULL TIME enjoys the best; ONLY 10% of productivity; 2 hours of work per day; no need of upgrading skills; just networking; apple polishing the reporting managers.

    CONSULTANT - Sweat Shop, Asian Indians slog here without holidays; without breaks; without food or lunch;

    Cons

    Very political, very divided, very aggressive culture - meeting at 10 pm or 8 am. poor ergonomics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discrimination on Consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You get stuck like glue in certain positions

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexible hours, great pay and benefits including 6%/100% 401k match are just about all that is good about working for Fannie Mae.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, no ability to move around even though they stress that you are encouraged to do so during the on boarding process, terrible recruiters and not much possibility of moving internally. Fannie Mae is extremely "silo'ed" despite the perception of efforts to change...

    Beware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good to great to TERRIBLE

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    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst II - Retired in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst II - Retired in Addison, TX

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

    Pros

    The "pros" prior to 2004 would have taken page upon page of samples. From 2004 forward, the pro reviews received are by people who did not work at Fannie Mae when it was really a professional and extraordinary corporation with a mission of good.

    Cons

    This used to be the greatest company. It used to be the place to work with the best-of-the-best from the mortgage industry. It used to be that we were proud to a part of the company and the service it provided to this nation. Management used to be highly respected and we were a family from the top down. The CEO used to come to town and UNDERSTAND what your job was and be able to speak with you about it. He even introduced himself to you if he did not know you and engaged you in conversation, making you feel that he may not know you personally but he knew the importance of your job and its' function in the company.. Then came 2004 and the new cronies of upper management followed...referred to as "the entitles". From there the slide downward went at turbo speed. There are both upper and middle management who have NO IDEA how a mortgage loan starts, the basics of underwriting, risk and partnership with lenders to help them make better decisions. It became all about the money and less about the housing and education of America and the mortgage industry. The new management ran away the respectable management and those of us with longevity just stuck around to await much needed and earned retirement/pension (which was grandfathered) and is no longer offered. The day that the company started out-sourcing and contracting the worse of the worst, many of us who had waited for the company to come back, started thinking it is time to go. This company is now equal to Enron. Management gets all the benefits (golden parachutes and wealth) while the richly knowledgeable long-term employee is no longer wanted. It has become a revolving door of incompetence, mismanagement and people drawing a salary until the well runs dry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Fannie Mae as a contractor

    Pros

    Pay as a contractor is good but the stress you get as a contractor might not be worth it.

    Cons

    I have worked at Fannie Mae several times and all the times have not been pleasant. My experience working with my current manager has been the worst experience in my career. This manager does not respect contractors and is extremely stubborn. This person has deliberately tried to accuse me of not completing a task they realized they were the ones that screwed up. Luckily I had evidence to defend against the accusations so this person had nothing to say. This person had the nerve to alter the original email in the thread and type what they wanted it to say and blamed me for not updating the file. That is a violation of integrity in my opinion and if person is willing to do such a stupid act I am afraid of what else this person is capable of doing or what they have already done.

    Not manager material. This person only looks out for ones self and does not know how to train there employees to be successful. If you want to be a successful leader you need to know how to listen and teach. this person has neither. this person is extremely unprofessional when it comes to speaking and providing negative feedback. This person does not go into a conference room where it is quite to provide their feedback. This person calls you to their cube which is wide open and starts to speak loudly then looks around the room to see if anyone else is listening. After this person confirms they have an audience, this person continues to threaten and talk down to you. Another unprofessional speaking trait this person has is when pronouncing the word “ASK”. We are not in Southeast on a street corner, the word is NOT pronounced “ax”. Don’t tell me to go and ax somebody. That really sounds like someone who is uneducated and it clearly reflects on how they were brought up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some people management courses and learn how to be a successful leader. You constantly reiterated that you are the face and we are here to make you look good. That is a terrible mentality and you need to change that and get over yourself. You need to respect and provide your employees with all the tools to be successful and teach them how to use them. You also need to be able to train your employees instead of giving them a quarter and saying to go call someone and find out. Once you figure out how to be a great manager then and only then will you have employees who will work hard and want to make you look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Ruthless Company Zero loyalty

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fannie Mae

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation and work from home

    Cons

    The most political company that you could EVER work for. No work/life balance. They do nothing but lie to their employees. They simply chew you up and spit you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enter at your own risk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fannie Mae full-time

    Pros

    Good work - life balance
    Most of the people are smart, hard working

    Cons

    Most people managers have no clue how to manage people or workflows. FM promotes people with no management skills and has no plan to train these people.
    The culture is stuck in the 1990's and isn't changing
    There are a lot of people that are underemployed (have time and capacity to do more), but management refuses to acknowledgement that point.
    Too much internal focus and not enough customer focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You aren't as smart as you think you are
    The culture isn't changing although you spend a lot of $$ talking about it
    You have gotten way too arrogant with the shift in the market the last couple years. You aren't that good
    The "one size fits all" management strategy doesn't work well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Data Management Analyst II

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    Former Employee - Data Management Analyst II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Data Management Analyst II in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    if you want to retire and dont worry about your pay check growth that inturn reflects in your personal and professional growth and development, this is a best place to hang out. If you are good in spending your whole day,week and months in meeting rooms and provide lip service, awesome place to stay.

    Cons

    Not at all a place for any sane professional to grow. Full of politics. Re orgs happens like evry day meetings. If you wanna go on depression pills, please join this company. Filled with full of soccer moms and movie dadys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up professionally and learn some skills to lead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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