CDC Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
110 Reviews
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110 Reviews
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Pros
  • I great place to learn about public health (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is amazing and benefits are some of the best I've ever seen (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Government work is slow; there's a lot of red tape (in 9 reviews)

  • Very Political, Budget time is stressful/CRs/furloughs, No cost of living raises in years (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A difficult place for Masters-level scientists to advance

    Former Employee - ORISE Fellow (Masters Level)  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - ORISE Fellow (Masters Level) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall, employees are very passionate about what they do and most are great people to work with. Having the CDC name on your resume makes you very marketable. There are always interesting seminars to attend and opportunities to continue to

    Cons

    Very difficult to get permanent employment. Funding is currently non-existent and everyone is struggling. Without a doctoral degree, it's difficult to get involved with scientific projects. It's often difficult to see how your day-to-day activities are important to improving the health of the population. Only a select few are able to attend conferences and share their work with the outside world.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding professional experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Scientist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Health Scientist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Collaboration with other federal agencies.

    Cons

    Stressful environment, lengthy administrative procedure, long duration to final products, typical federal government operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair evaluation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very bright colleagues, dedicated workers.

    Cons

    Red tape. Congress has is in for federal workers which has resulted in pay freezes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    us public health service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Officer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Medical Officer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    9 to 5 working hours

    Cons

    the insane bureaucracy leaves little time for actual public health work, and requires residency trained medical officers to do inane tasks for getting promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    modify the promotion procedures to reflect actual scientific / technical job performance rather than ability to game the promotions process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You get out what you put in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want to learn and are willing to work, CDC can be a rewarding experience. Lots of smart people collaborating in interesting projects, plenty of activities and learning experiences to get involved with.

    Cons

    Government work is slow; there's a lot of red tape. I've found that I much prefer small non-profit work to federal bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for people to do their jobs by bending the rules a little bit... especially the trivial ones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome for Public Health professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance is amazing and benefits are some of the best I've ever seen.

    Cons

    No clear position description to outline specific duties. Staff wear many "hats".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ORISE Fellow (Researcher)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ORISE Fellow (Masters Level)  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - ORISE Fellow (Masters Level) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of projects, opportunities for training, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Projects move slowly, lots of bureaucracy, difficult to advance or change paths. For ORISE Fellows specifically, no direct path to becoming an FTE or moving into other long term opportunities. Difficult to move forward if you are not interested in pursuing a PhD

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of an effort train and create opportunities for the youngest employees. Succession planning and career planning are very important and all too often completely neglected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Remarkable mentors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Leading United States Public Health Agency
    Exceptional mentorship - my bosses organized 8 informational interviews across three branches providing a remarkable networking opportunity and helped me find my next position
    Opportunities for lateral movement
    Exceptional work/life balance - on site childcare, fitness classes, opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Slow pace of progress
    Limited hands on interaction with external communities
    Must have PhD for career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent, a great and awesome government company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and excellent pay.

    Cons

    Nothing needed, I was very satisfied with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place for a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Telework, Benefits, 401K, Training Opps

    Cons

    Very Political, Budget time is stressful/CRs/furloughs, No cost of living raises in years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees--especially ground floor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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