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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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3.4 133 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

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Teresa Stanek Rea

(13 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work(in 25 reviews)

  • flexible work schedule allows for family friendly atmosphere, working from home is great(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • A good supervisor makes your life easy, but a micro-managing supervisor can make it more difficult to meet production requirements on time(in 10 reviews)

  • I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you(in 5 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner - my personal pros and cons

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee)

    ProsI started back in Nov.2013, here are my impressions thus far:

    - flexibility: come in when you want, just get the work done
    -people:most people i've met are motivated and happy to be examiners, and they take pride in what they do
    - the location: beautiful campus, excellent amenities

    Cons-lack of transparency/lies: why does everyone tell us in the 1st year that production DOES NOT matter?
    it is the only thing that matters in the first year, and everyone knows it.
    Stop lying to new examiners, the lies get old, and bring embarrassment to the institution.

    -production: i find it unfair that most examiners have to put in unpaid overtime to meet the production goals.
    Most examiners i've met are honest, hardworking employees, yet i'm sure if i ever leave the office it will be because of unrealistic production goals, and the same is true for most other examiners.

    -get rid of lazy primaries: unfortunately i've also met lazy employees who reject everything to save themselves work. Get rid of lazy primaries and examiners, since their quality is an embarrassment to the office.

    -solitary work: not sure how this can be fixed, however it is a con.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of lazy primaries whose cases are of horrible quality.
    Stop lying to examiners - production DOES matter in the 1st year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for self-starters to work.

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsVery well delineated promotion goals for examiners. You own your work and do not need to rely on others completing their tasks. You are also permitted to work at home full time.

    ConsMinimal interactions with other people so you are very isolated. The job is extremely repetitive and you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again. If you get a bad manager it will ruin your time there since they control your job progress when first hired. Do not offer tuition reimbursement or allow examiners to take unpaid leave to study for the bar.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    Patent Examiner (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    Prosflexible schedule, excellent benefits, job security

    ConsThe work is very repetitive. lack of career advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe work life balance here is amazing. Work from anywhere. Tons of sick and vacation leave. Flexible hours. If you do good work you will quickly gain responsibility and be managing your own docket. Great job for independent type people who are self starters.

    ConsNot a lot of exit options or room for advancement. Work is repetitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more from within. There are great people within the examiner ranks who are capable of serving in leadership positions and have a wealth of knowledge about how the pto operates and how it can be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for quality of life if you don't want your job to be your life

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPretty flexible in terms of hours and hoteling.
    The work-life balance is good.
    The location is great for commuting by metro . . . also in a good area just outside of DC.
    Friendly work environment

    ConsCan get monotonous
    Production system
    Salary can be rough at first if you are on a mountain of loans

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    It was great.

    Examiner (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe pros are the full-time telework and the enhanced GS pay scale. You can live anywhere and not have to report to work.

    ConsWhen you are junior your work is reviewed. If the person reviewing your work doesn't know what they are doing, you are in trouble. They will constantly return your work and tell you to redo it for ridiculous reasons and you won't be able to make the quota and you will either work 100 hours a week or get fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective on who you hire into management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Examiner (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosit's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work. Its challenging and its rewarding. You will not be disappointed

    Consyou have to work hard. work is measured to minute details and metrics. You must meet the goals that have been provided, bonuses are available if you do so. if you are well organized and can read/write reports this should not be a major problem

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep it simple

     

    Great flexibility

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe ability to work from home and basically whenever you want is great, along with clear expectations as to how much work you need to do.

    ConsThe work is very challenging in a way that is not particularly interesting, at least it is not interesting to me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep increasing the flexibility of the office, as you have already been doing.

     

    I had an average time as an extern for the Patent Office.

    Patent Examiner Extern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe work place is very laid back, no strict dress code.

    ConsThe externship was unpaid and kind of boring.

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    Huge perks, super flexible, incredibly stressful and full of minutiae

    Patent Examiner (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    Pros-The salary is fantastic for an entry level job
    -The scheduling is very flexible. You could easily work 4 day weeks within your first year
    -A great inside look at a very specific industry
    -Very transparent job requirements and evaluations
    -Lots of different possible career paths

    Cons-Tight deadlines on multiple fronts, very stressful
    -An almost absurd attention to detail in documents
    -Thousands of grammatically inconsistent technical legal documents to search through daily

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide one on one training, some sort of shadowing program for new hires to learn the subtleties of the job that can't be explained well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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