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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.3 98 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

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Teresa Stanek Rea

(11 ratings)

60% 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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    1 person found this helpful  

    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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    4 people found this helpful  

    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

     

    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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    3 people found this helpful  

    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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    6 people found this helpful  

    Production Counts are what Counts

    Patent Examiner (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsFor me it was fun to understand the inventions in the patent applications and to try to find prior art (work/invention) which was the same as the invention in the patent application; or to alternatively find aspects of the invention in multiple pieces of prior art and to make an argument why it would've been obvious to combine those aspects. It's challenging and you're learning everyday.

    ConsEven during your first year when theoretically you're not evaluated based on your production level, you are expected to be at a 60%, 80% and 100% production levels by 6, 8 and 11 months respectively. That's understandable as the USPTO is financed by the fees generated by production and therefore they only want to keep people they know can produce at the expected level. But it does make for a stressful job if you're having difficulty meeting production expectations.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Satisfying work with great flexibility

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsFlexibility with workable hours and time off.

    ConsProduction and stress of continually keeping up with changes in requirements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a good long term job

    Primary Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsJob stability is the best in this economy.

    ConsThe way your work is reviewed and counted can be stressful.

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

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