Social Security Administration

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Social Security Administration Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
227 Reviews
3.1
227 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great if you don't care about salary (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, Great work environment, Overtime availability pending budget, Option to work credit hours (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget Issues cut my position after being informed it would continue for a year (in 7 reviews)

  • 500 (I don't understand the arguments that federal employees make out better than private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Decent pay and good benefits. Great coworkers and it's a position that allows you to help people who truly need help.

    Cons

    Training takes awhile. GSA/SSA don't offer free parking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The same as any typical governmental agency

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Better benefits than having none.

    Cons

    Benefits are still not great being that it's the federal government. Most people that work there have been there forever, very stagmented in approach to work. Very difficult to get promoted as advancement are either based on favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gove younger people a chance for promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great stepping stone in the federal govt

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSR in Jamaica, NY
    Current Employee - TSR in Jamaica, NY

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    Great health benefits, thift savings, flex schedule, paid holidays, weekends off,

    Cons

    Boring at times, management can be rude, unprofessionalism at times.

    Recommends
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    TSR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time

    Pros

    Wiil always have a job

    Cons

    a lot of work and have to do it about 3 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    If you're not management, don't bother

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    Still learning the ropes but I can say this agency is flexible if you have a family

    Cons

    Hard to get up the rank internally, best bet is to apply externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Most degrading place to work ever !!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefit Authorizer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Benefit Authorizer in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get paid decently. That is about it.

    Cons

    People here are weird. Managers are total failures in life but because of seniority they become managers. Workers are lazy and anti social. Most of interactions between workers are fake and superficial at most, with entrenched hatred for each other under neath the surface. I work here for 6 years and I have never met someone who I want to hang out with outside of work. The place also instills a culture of intimidation and sexual harassment. If you are a guy, which I am, you are subjected to abuses behaviors by top staff. I was told to be more productive even though I have the top cases counts process per day. I was yelled at by a random manager who is not in charge of me but another mod in front of fellow employees. If you are a woman, it is very casual for men in the build to solicit "dates" from you. Also there is no way to block emails from perverted male co workers at work so most women ended up just suffering in silence. Managers won't do anything and that is the norm. Opportunity for advancement is very small unless your relatives are in upper management. But even if you advanced, you are bound to perform below the level and ends up dragging the institution down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just disband this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Social Security Administration part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It pays really well. Scheduling is done easily as long as you can get a contract. You get to work with some really renown Admin Law Judges and attorneys.

    Cons

    Because Im under contract, there's no upward mobility. Its often times really dull. The work is repetitive. It's a great job for someone like me who is in college.

  9.  

    Stable but not very interesting work

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    Current Employee - Security Analyst
    Current Employee - Security Analyst

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a stable work environment and the pay is average.

    Cons

    They do not want to innovate. A lot of people (not all) prefer things that do not change and fight you at every turn if you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using service comp dates as the #1 tool for promotion. And stop making decisions to apease the union reps!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    SSA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    There is generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Budget issues. No room to grow or advance anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using the excess money at the end of the fiscal year on useless items just so you claim all the money was spent and needed. The government needs to find a better way to use this money rather than going on a shopping spree on the taxpayer's dime. Employee evaluation system also needs to be updated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    DDS

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    Current Employee - Disability Examiner in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Disability Examiner in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours; there is extensive training

    Cons

    a lot of writing all day. answers or assessments are not black and white and are often gray.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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