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Federal Government Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.6 378 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Federal Government President Barack Obama

Barack Obama

(159 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 13 reviews)

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    Good Benefits, questionable management's skills

    I Can't Say (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBenefits, union support and scheduled work hours.

    ConsSome of the management staff are in their positions because of a buddy system, and unfortunately many of them don't manage by example, nor do they learn how to manage, specially people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice of top brass walks through all the different offices and evaluate what's not going on: efficiency and fair treatment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Medical Technologist in Federal Government

    Medical Laboratory Technologist (Current Employee)

    ProsTSP fund is the best benefit.

    ConsNot much opportunity to advance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working as a fed

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsHiring. Many agencies are still trying to get through hiring moratoriums due to the latest CRA and sequestration impacts. Expecting alot of human capital turnover due to many employees retiring.

    ConsIt has always been easier to get hired with the government than get fired from the government. Disparate treatement and human resource rules that prevent timely resolution of personnel issues -- whether against a supervisor, co-worker or subordinate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe perception that a politican (or someone with political desires/connections) or former military bring leadership and managerial skills to the table is not necessarily true. It seems that a majority of those falling within this demographic believe leadership and management are synonyms.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    As challenging as it is frustrating

    Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood job security (not 100% though), can be challenging, good experience, good benefits and work/life balance. Fairly easy to change positions and change is encouraged.

    ConsDifficult to advance, pay is not competitive with private sector. Promotions are very competitive at higher levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWill fall on deaf ears.

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

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    Rewarding Mission, Frustrating Processes

    Contract Specialist (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsWorking for the federal government comes with many benefits to include great time off hours, work-life balance, health insurance. Seeing the mission accomplished brings great satisfaction to those that helped the warfighter.

    ConsPersonal growth is lacking, although they offer a lot of training, half of it is by somebody that lacks the common sense and innovative mindset needed for this fast pace environment. The management is frustrating often times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe old way is not always the best way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It can be a great opportunity depending on your interest. However, don't get caught up in the system like many do.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility
    Various Opportunities
    Work Life Balance
    Pay
    Promotion Opportunities

    ConsSometimes hard to move up and they base it on how long you been there versus your experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Different from Private sector

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGrowth Professional Opportunity, benefits, flexibility.

    ConsProcess are slow, creativeness is slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider to let the employees do their job

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    Good salary and security

    IT Specialist (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsGood salary, benefits, security, 401k matching, health benefits cost

    ConsUnmotivated people, dull environment, low energy, low turnover so you're stuck with many people you'd prefer to not be. Old days of 70% of high three salary retirement are long gone. One percent of high three salary time years of server is new retirement. Plus what you put into 401k. So essentially just like working for a regular big company now. Obama hasn't helped by under funding and under staffing the entire agency and giving no salary increases for four years while all expenses have increased. Might do better to look outside of federal government service. it's not what it used to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove or relocate unmotivated, useless people. Rotate current employees so they don't feel like it's groundhog day. Be creative with how you motivate -- try to find funding for training and education opportunities. That's one reason I joined, but there are never funds for this in my experience.

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

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    The Only difference is I am not in uniform anymore

    Facilities Assistant (Current Employee) Seal Beach, CA

    ProsWorking for the Federal Government offers great benefits, and to some extent job stability when congres is playing games.

    ConsIts the Federal Government, with all the budget issues that have been going on the last couple of years promotions/job opertunities have dwindle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep you employees happy or they might just leave you in the lurch, like some have left them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience was less stellar than expected.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros-The quality of professionals you work with, in terms of expertise and integrity, is generally of the highest caliber.
    -Government benefits are awesome.
    -Hard work is rewarded.

    Cons-Some government employees are entrenched in positions that they are no longer qualified for.
    -Promotions can be very political and fraught with "who knows who."
    -People in positions of power can often become tyrannical and no one can do anything about it.

    Advice to Senior Management-Leaders in positions of power should not be allowed to bully less senior employees, yet it happens more frequently than management realize.
    -Weed out corruption and fight against "the good old boy" syndrome, which is alive and thriving in the federal government.
    -Create an effective performance evaluation system, so that non-performance is not rewarded.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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