Federal Government Reviews

Updated July 11, 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. Physical Security Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Security Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Physical Security Specialist in Rockville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I feel that this is a rewarding job with national importance, I am able to keep current with cutting edge technology and certifications. Retirement plan is okay and so are the benefits.

    Cons

    As a federal employee you become a political pawn for Congress. For the most part, the American people don't care of federal employees either.

    Advice to Management

    With the impending wave of federal employees retiring from government, managers should start thinking now about how to cultivate the next generation of public-sector leaders. Although the federal government is facing harder times and shrinking budgets, “every challenge brings an opportunity.


  2. Grants Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Security, Family Friendly, Flexibility, Salaries, Opportunities

    Cons

    Tough to get hired, lots of bureaucracy, not much innovation


  3. Overall not too bad

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reston, VA

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, and yes, actual works does get done in a gov't job. Flexible schedules and telecommuting is a definite plus. TSP gas the lowest fees among any 401k plan, anywhere.

    Cons

    Gov't salary does not usually match what the private sector is paying. Work hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Not micromanaging employees would be my advice to management but overall my experience with management has been overall quite positive.


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  5. Airways Transportation System Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very rewarding job with the right amount of travel and promotions.

    Cons

    Transfer options may be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent Management


  6. Deputy Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job Stability retirment and Benefits- excellent seperation services for all ranks Job Satisfaction

    Cons

    Can move around Can be difficult to manage work/life balance


  7. Federal Government

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    awesome job security and benefits

    Cons

    commute was very long and tiring


  8. Great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, stability, salary, location & hours.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the top of my head'


  9. Helpful (2)

    Consulting

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The government always needs more people than the agencies have to do the work. So there is always work.

    Cons

    As a consultant you are the temp hired help, not a decision maker.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the value added and show respect for all of the workforce - not just the federal employees.


  10. VP

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Federal Government (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good, better, getting better, all the time.

    Cons

    Work, work hard, harder, to maybe not get there.. business.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your people so they can look after you. or else.


  11. Fed Govt Scientist

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful professional colleagues great family-life balance

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than private industry

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees



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