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Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
451 Reviews
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Pros
  • There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack (in 34 reviews)

  • Job Security with global impact through warfighter supported efforts (in 58 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 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Job Security for the most part

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Pretty much a place you can park and not get laid off

    Cons

    Oversight and politics can be problematic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and Train your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Federal Gov't Public Relations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for an opportunity to do what I love. Excellent opportunity to meet a diverse group of individuals and learn how each is and wants to be perceived.

    Cons

    Very little latitude and poor management practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more personable and less pretentious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fair compensation, lots of redtape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Federal Employee in Mobile, AL

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

    Pros

    Good salary, fair hours,

    Cons

    Hard to remove those who are problems within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be firm but fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    It is a very production oriented place, but good time off.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Good time off and cost of living increases.

    Cons

    High production and mandatory overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pros and Cons of Federal Government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Training is a priority; the job is secure in several series; there are good people from former military careers that are hard workers.

    Cons

    There are many people who do take advantage of government benefits; some people are promoted rather than counseled for poor behavior and/or poor performance. There is a tendency for supervisory personnel to look the other way and ignore poor performers because it is more difficult to remedy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If in a position to lead, LEAD!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    It is an opportunity to serve that most do not leverage.

    Cons

    The primary tradeoff is earned compensation.

  8.  

    Good place to work, if you do not mind politics entering your workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, you can get to high 60s rather quickly; spent a lot of time out of the office, good sense of mission

    Cons

    Management only concern is to make themselves look good by cranking out numbers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be so picky with review of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    good colleagues
    important work
    work life balance

    Cons

    slow pace
    low-ish pay
    expensive city

  10.  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Engineer
    Current Employee - General Engineer

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

    Pros

    The Federal Government has a lot of flexibilities in their hiring and personnel rules if managers are willing to use them. Great deal of responsibility is placed on young professionals.

    Cons

    Most managers don't know or refuse to authorize available flexibilities such as telework and flex time. Salary is rigid structure and does not differentiate between high performers and average workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to actually care about and protect employees. Recognize those that go above and beyond. Reduce stress levels and work loads of high performers - they are burning out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A fine place for obtaining experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, for the most part
    Work-life balance
    Job security, if hired as a permanent employee

    Cons

    Little to no room for promotion
    Office politics
    Bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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