Federal Government Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack (in 34 reviews)

  • Job security is still the strong selling point (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation is well below what is being given to those in the private sector with whom you interact on a daily basis" (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 14 reviews)

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  1. Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are stable and leave is quite reasonable

    Cons

    It may seem difficult to move up, and culture is slow to change


  2. Sorry, DC is a very small place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Good employment source for professionals, when economic growth is slow. Public service offers employees more leverage than employees in the private sector. Not perks - employment safeguards. Great diversity in its labor pool. Salaries vary depending on the geographic area, and some positions are compensated better because of the knowledge required for the job.

    Cons

    Generalized less than adequate reputation and stereotyping. It is a bureaucracy. Don't complain if you don't like repetition or regulations. Depending on the agency, nepotism is still a problem. Be careful if you have been in federal service too long: you may be making too much money AND you may be too old for the agency's mission.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the hidden talent in your organization. Hiring of managers should be based on much more than sharing similar interests or background. THAT can only go so far. Also, profession new hires should have some experience relevant to the position. Many new vacancies are only for "recent graduates." You get what you pay for.


  3. Choose Carefully

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government

    Pros

    Public service, unique occupations. A federal career can take you around the world if your interests, abilities and outlook are a good fit.

    Cons

    Congress. Congress. Congress. Every time something goes wrong, someone writes a rule or a policy in response to congressional "outrage" - those layers of reaction make it a tough place to work by placing artificial obstacles in your way. Also, political appointees who don't realize their tenure is short or value the civil service.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out incompetent front-line managers. Stop yapping about "leadership" and "innovation" and focusing on "senior leaders" or "front-line" employees. You have a cadre of useless, biased, foolish, insecure people trying to manage. Get rid of them. Stop promoting people like them into management. And start grooming people with some management possibility or talent. Stop just throwing them in at the deep end.


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  5. federal service

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Service in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Service in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    public service is very rewarding

    Cons

    non competitive salaries as compared to private sector


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    Croni-ism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Some places have telework agreements, so you can work from home.

    Cons

    Frustrating when you cannot move up the GS ladder, and except nepotism. It's difficult seeing someone's daughter get promoted over you. Management is strict, supervisors tend to have God complexes

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more and foster a cohesive environment. If you make it employees versus management, you just breed resent and anger.


  7. Systems Analyst

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

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

    Pros

    Steady, good people. Work life balance and working from home

    Cons

    too much red tape, slow pace of chnage

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people


  8. Time to move on - I am sure not all organizations are like the one I was in but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A place to work that once had great benefits and being able to serve the people. If you a slacker you can join the rest of them on their retirement job not doing much.

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits, poor hiring practices and work environment. They hire folks that cant make decisions and is difficult to work with. For example someone that does not understand technology at the least is put in charge of a development shop. Then make decisions without consulting from the experts. Well you get the picture.

    Advice to Management

    Model evaluations, hiring, pay, and job functions like the private industry. Hold people accountable and live up to your organizations code of ethics and policies.


  9. Stagnation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Security, some higher notion of service

    Cons

    GS employees are either very good, or very poor, and there is no working out the differences.....

    Advice to Management

    Lead.....don't manage....


  10. Chief of Electrical Services

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government

    Pros

    Beside cutting edge adaptation of current codes and standards, as a service chief I had added responsibilities for testing equipment and staff safety that rounded out my competencies in the electrical field. I also was trained in new technologies such as infrared that gave me a leg up as a technician.

    Cons

    Budgetary issues were always a management concern. There were times when my staff could have made facility improvements but because of the way our Federal government allocates money to stimulate the economy those improvements were put out for bid by contract. An example of this was when we found our fire alarm system was not wired correctly and gave bad reports of where an alarm was triggered rather than allow my staff to make those corrections, I had to write a statement of work to solve the problem and it was put out for bid to an outside contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Know your responsibilities. If you need further training get it. Be sure your staffs duties and responsibilities are up to date and accurate.


  11. Its nice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the benefits are better than most corporations, and probably a lot more likely to remain so for a longer time in the face of escalating health care costs

    Cons

    the pay is not great. frequent reorganizations and staff relocations are frustrating and disruptive to the business flow.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest that they change office locations less than once every 3 years. this will allow for the contractors to relocate nearby, which facilitates oversight and collaboration.



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