Federal Government Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
415 Reviews
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Pros
  • There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack (in 30 reviews)

  • Job Security with global impact through warfighter supported efforts (in 54 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.  

    Great Pro's, cons are by individual experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Military E6  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Military E6 in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Federal Government full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay and bonus', travel locations can vary between the venarable "suck" to the grandest locations. Pay comes on the 1st and the 15th every month.

    Cons

    Depending on the functioning or lack of functioning of the political machine, depends on how much is felt by the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Government used to be a good place to work. Used to be.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, 401k match, sick leave and vacation time is generous, nice offices.

    Cons

    Petty favoritism, no telework allowed despite having telework 'available', distrust to the point that you have a background check every few years. 0-1% pay raises past 5 years. No real opportunity for personal growth as they want you to stay in the same position they hired you for. The supervisors get free parking while the grunts have to pay and walk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Congress cuts your budget, accept it and make the necessary changes. Instead they started jacking up the workload and anyone eligible for early retirement got the heck out and this led to a brain drain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Case Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Flint, MI

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

    Pros

    Helping people. Employment, Training, Supportive Service

    Cons

    over worked, Finding a balance with your work life and personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I found it to be more interested in pleasing the agency head than accomplishing the agency mission.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Legislative and Public Affairs  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Legislative and Public Affairs in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The benefits were excellent. Sick leave was relatively generous as was vacation time. There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack.

    Cons

    Complacency and favoritism. Morale among most of the staff was rather low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to become a meritocracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Used to be great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Agent  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Job security is still the strong selling point

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and job satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run this like it was your own business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The Fed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    steady paycheck and good vacation

    Cons

    red tape, lack of innovation, apathetic staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try new things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Benefits, questionable management's skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - I Can't Say  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - I Can't Say in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, union support and scheduled work hours.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Medical Technologist in Federal Government

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technologist
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technologist

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

    Pros

    TSP fund is the best benefit.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to advance

    Recommends
  10.  

    Nominal Job, no moving and shaking here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Vandenberg AFB, CA

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

    Pros

    Stability, small growth, good benifits.

    Cons

    No appetite for growth or improvements to effectivness or efficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the experts help you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Working as a fed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Hiring. 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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