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Updated August 27, 2015
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CDC Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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  • I great place to learn about public health (in 17 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance and excellent pay (in 9 reviews)

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

  • 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" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. One of the best federal agencies to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time

    Pros

    High degree of commitment to the mission. Highly professional and collegial colleagues.

    Cons

    Have to deal with bureaucracy - but this is true of all large organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share information with employees.


  2. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with; interesting work; supporting a great cause; respected institution.

    Cons

    Most employees are located in Atlanta, and some of the work can be bureaucratic.


  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at CDC offers many learning and career growth opportunities. It has been very different from my previous positions in the private sector because you are encouraged very quickly to grow in your position and prepare for the next level in your CDC career by taking FULL responsibility for your career path. The organization's efforts to encourage work-life balance is also a plus.

    Cons

    PhDs move up the ladder faster than others.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is not too bad.

    Cons

    Contract changes happen too frequently

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. ORISE Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship, collaborative environment, many opportunities to develop professionally and intellectually.

    Cons

    difficult to transition from contract to full time employee.

    Advice to Management

    could be more transparent in hiring procedures


  7. Helpful (2)

    CDC Public Health Associate Program Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Federal Benefits exposure to various public health experiences

    Cons

    slow processing of paper work low pay for the program communication


  8. Helpful (1)

    Too hard to become a full-time employee (FTE)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the public health field for Master's graduates, as there are many opportunities to learn (lectures, sessions) about advancements in your department on the CDC campus. If you network well and keep your connections close, it's not difficult to move departments if you want to switch or feel stuck in a current position (this does not apply for moving upwards in any way though). Hours are pretty flexible, but this can depend on your supervisor. The whole department/floor would be empty by 3:30pm or 4pm everyday.

    Cons

    Pay as a contractor was less than average, and benefits were minimal. Also extremely hard to advance in certain departments or gain a highly coveted FTE (full-time employment) status when starting as a contractor/ORISE fellow. After a few years at CDC, you realize a master's degree means very little, and you can sense this in the way others treat or see you. Traffic around the Emory/CDC area is pretty horrible, and parking is very limited (pretty hard to find a parking spot if you happen to leave campus during the morning/day).


  9. College Aid

    Former Employee - College Aide in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - College Aide in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CDC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work in the field.

    Cons

    Slow paced work in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Improve efficiency.


  10. CDC Microbiologist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, good benefits, good retirement plan

    Cons

    Politics, bureaucracy, large number of complacent employees


  11. Architect

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    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architect/Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CDC full-time

    Pros

    The CDC provided opportunities to use my experience as an architect and project manager for both large new projects and smaller renovation projects. The managers are supportive and helpful and allow the professionals to use their own judgment without interference. However, the managers give advice on course of action to take when requested and/or when necessary. Work/Life Balance is an emphasis with the organization and is excellent for all employees.

    Cons

    The structure of the division has an emphasis on mid-management, with various levels of managers. However, the organization is such that decisions that impact the progress on a project are made efficiently and minimize delay.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to share "war stories" on projects with other project managers.



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