CDC
3.8 of 5 102 reviews
www.cdc.gov Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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CDC Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH

Thomas R Frieden MD MPH

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "I great place to learn about public health"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Exceptional work/life balance - on site childcare, fitness classes, opportunities for travel"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very slow way if you want anything to get through red tape"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Government workers haven't had a cost of living raise in 3 years"
    in 3 reviews
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    One of the better federal agencies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Chemist (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of resources, modern facilities, and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Competitive salaries.

    ConsCDC hires most people as contractors in order to provide the minimum amount of benefits.The only benefit I had was health insurance, that's it. If you are a contractor, they don't withhold any taxes from your paycheck which means you have to make hefty quarterly payments to the IRS. Very difficult to make a career there without a post-graduate degree and your boss pushing for it.

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    Great place to work.

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsVery bright colleagues, dedicated workers.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging and motivating - depending on expertise and Center

    Deputy Director (Former Employee)

    ProsFor the most part, CDCers are motivated and passionate about their work. Projects are interesting and there is usually an ability to work on a variety of projects or teams.
    The work-life balance is good, as are the pay and benefits.

    ConsDepending on the Center there are greater/less numbers of individuals who are coasting and have no commitment to excellence. Their mediocrity and laziness will bring down projects.

    There are limited career paths outside of the medical epidemiologist series. For those with an MD and MPH, this is a wonderful organization. Those with other (higher) degrees such as PhD or Master are unlikely to become branch chief, division director or center director. This results in promotion of highly scientific/technical professionals, who often lack basic managerial and organizational skills. Those projects suffer as a consequence, leading to poor activity implementation/execution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop career paths for all of the employees outside of the medical/epi series.

    Stop repeating Tom Frieden's "do more with less" credo. It's demoralizing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome for Public Health professionals

    Management and Program Analyst (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsNo clear position description to outline specific duties. Staff wear many "hats".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You get out what you put in

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsIf 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    ConsProjects 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Team Lead (Current Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsWork hours are great. 6am to 2:30pm allows me to coach and be with my kids and grand childeren in the afternoons.

    ConsThe only con I can find is it seems the opportunities are there to move up but it is slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Former contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosmission and facilities are great

    ConsContractors are mainly those who make the work done

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    It is good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood balance between work and private life

    ConsCareer is too slow and too much of bureacracy

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