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Fair pay, helpful human resources staff. They were very good about granting time off for physicians and dental appointments (when I had not been there long) although the ultimate decision was up to the government office I was contracted to work in.
Contractors always bid low to secure the contract. Often working conditions are not comparable to civilian federal employees or military employees. Contracted employees at a federal facility are often treated like second class citizens that are disposable. While the position I held was temporary, I was disposed of early due to early termination of the contact. While this is understandable, numerous other positions have come open within the organization (to which I have applied) and have not received so much as a phone call. I believe I was hired quickly to fill a position, but my age eliminates any future possibilities with this organization. To my knowledge there were no complaints or problems regarding my work that would indicate I did not do all that was asked of me and more in an effort to be a team player.
Advice to Management
Give everyone an equal opportunity, regardless of age. Some of the best experience comes from that of older employees. It's disheartening to be made to feel you have little value or nothing productive to offer a workplace based simply on age.