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NSF Reviews

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    Rewarding, some great colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NSF full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Collegial work environment / good opportunities for promotion / good benefits / family-friendly, flexible working hours / employee well-being is a priority / scientific staff have a strong sense of mission

    Cons

    Collegial environment can mean decisions don't get made or are made by a committee / management doesn't work to push out poor performers, which puts more burden on everyone else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make self-motivation a priority when hiring staff--as important as technical knowledge / make the hard decisions on staff when it's not working out / keep up the good record on work-life balance.

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NSF Interviews

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at NSF in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received call for phone interview set for the very next day. Was given a code to contact them with an 800 #. Was set with three ladies on conference call but really couldn't hear them clearly because I was on speaker. I really wished they picked up the phone to ask a question

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your current position , and what is it's size?   View Answer
    • Is there anything about yourself that you did not put on your resume?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Haven't heard back yet as it was on 9-9-14 and today is only the 15th of September
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

NSF Awards & Accolades

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Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the East, Latinos For Hire, 2012
Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012

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Website www.nsf.gov
Headquarters Arlington, VA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1944
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The National Science Foundation keeps the US on the cutting edge of discovery. This government agency funds science and engineering research and education programs. Each year the NSF awards grants to more that 2000 colleges, universities, school systems, science organizations, and other research groups throughout the country. It receives more than 40,000 proposals annually, of which some 11,000 are funded. Support is focused on biological sciences, geosciences, engineering, math and physical sciences, social and economic sciences, and education. NSF-funded researchers have... More

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