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Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
118 Reviews
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CDC Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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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
  • 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.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will surround by very smart people.

    Cons

    Since it is government organization, there is the behavior of the bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since i was a just intern there, i haven't any advice for advanced positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Reliable with less than average pay

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Joplin, MO
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Joplin, MO

    I worked at CDC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a junior web developer, I learned a lot of things while working for them. The manager was really great, very helpful and understanding.

    Cons

    The pay was less than average, and whenever the funding got cut we all had to find something else to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Learning experience as student worker in CDC Information Security

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    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn useful technologies
    Quick pace of work
    Exposure to federal government procedures and high-caliber people
    Strong support infrastructure for IT roles

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Work schedule not very flexible

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  5.  

    Great experience- hard to get status as an FTE

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    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Ability to work on complex, large scale problems
    -Collaborative work environment with strong external partners
    -Flexible work schedule
    -Supportive leadership

    Cons

    -bureaucratic processes
    -slow timelines
    -challenge of securing FTE position
    -limited pay structure

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soulless, Unfair, Cheap, Fake

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. The security guards are cool. The n s me looks good on resumes. The mission statement sounds good on paper.

    Cons

    Every manager is a spineless coward. Horrible parking. Distracting cubicle noises. Teleworking favoritism. Some people are easily granted 2 teleworking days while others of the same title are only allowed 1 day or nothing, yet the lifeless contract manager works remote 4 days a week. They believe in keeping you where you started and would rather hire unqualified outsiders for higher positions than to hire from within.

    They throw away jobs at any PhDs with very little experience, while ignoring seasoned professionals regardless if they're PhDs or not. They're job site 'USAJobs' is a joke. 99.99% of the jobs they post is a lie because before they post any job, they already secretly filled the position. Legally, they have to publish notice of the job, but it's just for show. They continuously waste money on projects in the multi millions when those projects should only cost half a million. Hiring contractors at $230+/hour using overkill solutions will do that.

    They have project managers that passed the PMP exam, which is a joke certification, but after years of experience they still manage projects horribly. Supervisors and their pet humans refuse to except fault like a child with no manners. They want their ego stroked even though they are wrong. A disgusting trait for anyone, especially an adult.

    They try so hard to boost morale in pointless ways. It's so fake and detached. They deflect any means to really get to know what's wrong with the environment and the real thoughts of the people. Anyone that works here becomes lifeless after a year because the environment massively boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The control you think you have is and will always be an illusion. Be logical. Be fair to all (Contractors and FTEs). Get to know them personally. Listen to them. Fight for them. Encourage them to move on to better things. Implement their suggestions. Stop wasting millions on outside consultants when you have plenty of resources in-house. The online annual training preaches about teleworking, but you're too spineless to allow employees to fully use it. One day does nothing. Two days should be the minimum. You should care more about quality than onsite bodies. You should care more about producing genuine morale than getting your ego stroked like a spineless worm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Beware of bullies and hiring disparities

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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Intern

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    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
  10.  

    Great mission...hard to accomplish

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    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
  11.  

    Rewarding professional experience

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    • 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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