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Federal Government Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.6 376 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Federal Government President Barack Obama

Barack Obama

(158 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is great, the best I have ever experienced(in 25 reviews)

  • Job Security with global impact through warfighter supported efforts(in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Could probably earn substantially more in the private sector with enough experience(in 20 reviews)

  • long hours, federal job market is downsizing so its getting harder to find a federal job if thats your choice of emploment(in 12 reviews)

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    Poor pay and little stability

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Portland, ME

    Prosdecent hours, good benefits, casual dress code, great location

    Consno room for upward mobility, government politics result in furloughs and uncertainty of job in future, high turnover in leadership results in volitile office policies and work environment

    Advice to Senior Managementif it's not broke - don't fix it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pressure

    Security Officer (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsBenefits Good pay and some great coworkers.

    ConsConstant pressure. Hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly testing creates a tension and fear-based work environment. Too much stress for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your workers and respect the difficulties of the job. Stop scrutinizing, nitpicking and firing people for stupid reasons. Recognize ALL of their accomplishments and see them as people, not "bodies" as we are called by Mgrs. Acknowledge the strengths and unique talents of each worker and let them excel in the areas they are good at.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My position was rewarding because it involved continuous interaction with the public and community.

    Field Representative (Former Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    ProsThe position I held allowed me to perform my duties independent from direct supervision. Which created a unique learning experience. The method of training by way of reading several different teaching guides enabled me to understand more when I entered in to a class room setting.

    ConsThis particular position was a temporary assignment. The project assignment had no end time frame. So we worked week by week not knowing when it was going to end. I worked from June 2013 - Sept 2013. I would have preferred a steady job that I could grow with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore personnel training for Supervisor's.

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

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    Toxic Leaders

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAwesome travel to different places

    ConsToxic Leaders throughout the place

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This would have been a great job 20 years ago

    Public Affairs Specialiost (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsDecent benefits for now. 9-5. Great location when BART is not on strike.

    ConsSequestration, Dinosaurs, no opprotunity for growth or promotion. The hiring and pay standards are ridicolous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove into the twentieth century!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Living in the 80s

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAs a veteran, if you're trying to get in with the federal gov you can compete with current employees vs all U.S. citizens.

    ConsNot challenging, very little respect or appreciation for going above and beyond. Judged by your rank/GS level not by your degree and experience, management more concerned about their goals than you. Over 60% is eligible to retire in the next 5 years and most of them are UNADAPTABLE to change, sequester implementation, forced retirements and separations in IT, takes forever to move up the ranks from a low GS level even when working on your post graduate degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open minded instead of sucked into your 1980s state of mind (doesn't apply to all Mgmnt) and hire younger generation managers!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSolid employment with favorable benefits

    ConsLittle ability to make a difference or contribute new ideas

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    front line customer service rep

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    Prosgood pay and benefits. job for life as long as you do what your told and don't make waves or suggest improvements

    Consincompetence is not confined to congress and D.C. little room for career advancement, mgmt not open to new ideas

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems engineer

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSteady employment with defined benefits

    ConsNo ability to influence innovation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Difficult to get in, but once in, set for life!

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent transitoin into mondern technology with countless opportunities to telework, mobile work, and hotel. Excellent job security, benefits and health care.

    ConsDifficulty with upward mobility in some agencies. At times difficult in applying from the outside as a civillian due to Veterans Preferance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand behind employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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