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    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 10 years)

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    The mission is totally terrific - we get to work on serious issues and events where what we find out often leads to real safety improvements, and the agency is well thought of externally. The staff is generally superb and highly motivated, and people like what they do. Not too many clockwatchers around - it's not that kind of job.


    It's the government, so we're subject to all the current budgetary stupidity affecting everybody else, too. That isn't going to improve until Congress does, so don't hold your breath. Promotions aren't always based on managerial talent - laying low and keeping your nose clean works pretty well, as does avoiding making any controversial decisions. Because it is a small agency largely staffed by technical specialists, there isn't a lot of opportunity to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Possession of a good coating of Teflon is not necessarily a managerial benefit. The staff knows who has leadership talent - you might consider soliciting their opinions once in a while before moving someone up to a position where they can really cause problems by avoiding tough decisions and delegating most of their work to somebody else.

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    Aviation Safety Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
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    I applied in-person. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at National Transportation Safety Board (Anchorage, AK) in August 2014.


    This was heavy in the USA Jobs application process. Had to fill out the USA Jobs application, supply a federal resume through that system, but then answer the NTSB specific questions and KSA's as well. VERY intensive, also had to supply supporting documents for required qualifications. The screening and federal jobs oversight of the entire process at the Washington DC HR office was the absolute worst. Now, one year after submitting the application, they still have not done anything with the actual USA Jobs application, and took everything closed-doors to hire someone under the table, against federal hiring procedures.

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Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Small) , Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1975
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the federal agency tasked with investigating every civil aviation accident. Besides civil aviation accidents, the NTSB investigates certain public-use aircraft accidents, serious highway accidents, railroad accidents with a fatality or significant property damage, major marine accidents, pipeline accidents involving a fatality or major property damage, hazardous material releases in all forms of transportation, and recurring transportation accidents. When an accident investigation is complete, the NTSB issues safety ... More

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