CDC Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
112 Reviews
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112 Reviews
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CDC Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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Review Highlights

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
  • Very hard to cut through red tape to get things done (in 12 reviews)

  • Sooo basically, be prepared for challenges of working in the federal government (in 6 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 (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.  

    Beware of bullies and hiring disparities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Exposure to the work of some of the best researchers in the world
    Great conferences, presentations, and training

    Cons

    Hiring disparities it's a huge issue, with Hispanic women being the group least likely to get a permanent job. HR has tried to address this issue with outreach initiatives, but if the agency is unable to retain the Hispanic workforce that is already working for the agency through fellowships and contract positions, these initiatives are pointless.

    Also, bullying at the workplace is another issue that keeps coming up internally but nobody seems to want to address. If you are a minority woman, your chances of being bullied are even higher. That is just a well researched fact and was also my experience and that of many other smart women who decided to leave the agency. Don't expect upper management to address this with the bully. In fact, they will find a way to protect the bully and minimize his or her behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To reduce health disparities, hiring disparities must first be addressed. Bullying behavior should not be acceptable, regardless of the credentials that the bully holds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC as an intern

    Pros

    Stable, staff are kind and helpful to interns

    Cons

    Not much room for growth, difficult to get a full time position after internships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too closed off

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission...hard to accomplish

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The overall mission and work is amazing

    Cons

    Very hard to cut through red tape to get things done. Morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to utilize employees skills to benefit the agency. Groom new leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    CDC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    I enjoy working for CDC.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons right now.

  8.  

    Overall a great experience-

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PHAP Associate
    Current Employee - PHAP Associate

    I have been working at CDC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -- world experts
    -- interesting mission
    -- awesome program for new grads
    -- great diverse experience IF you get a good host site

    Cons

    -- red tape
    -- disconnection from people we ultimately serve
    -- disconnection from CDC when working in the field
    -- change is slow
    -- politics interfere
    Sooo basically, be prepared for challenges of working in the federal government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the quality of the host sites and keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Most rewarding work experience ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC

    Pros

    Family friendly with good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Highly competitive with a tinge of elitism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None offered

  10.  

    This would be a great job if you're in a position to actually get work done. If you are several agencies deep, forget it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The hours are great. The workload rarely demands more hours than your standard day. Pay is good for those just starting their careers.

    Cons

    People keep mentioning the red tape. When you are an agency within an agency within an agency, there are so many levels above you that to get anything out the door becomes literally impossible. If it does actually go somewhere, then you can bet that about 47 people have made changes to it and it looks nothing like your original work.

    The thing about government work is that it's hard to just blanket it all under one agency or even just the employer "Federal Government". Each agency and division is different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the better federal agencies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    -Some positions are family friendly, even senior level positions.
    -Healthy and safe work environment.
    -Highly motivated experts in laboratory methods, data analysis, epidemiology, and toxicology.

    Cons

    -Working with low-performing government employees, especially on the administrative side.
    -Complex bureaucratic systems with many internal reviews and controls.
    -Senior leadership positions are often reserved for those at an MD or PhD level, but that is not always an indicator of a good manager.
    -Congressional budget cuts will impede your ability to do your job and innovate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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