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Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
132 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
  • 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.  

    Great place to work with lots of stability if you can get a full-time position

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    Former Contractor - Data Analyst II in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst II in Lawrenceville, GA

    I worked at CDC as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, calm work environment.

    Cons

    Parking is the con on pretty much every campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I have held two internship positions as this job and they were quite the opposite.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to assist in the EOC with the EVD response and see the processes of a governmental institution.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is evident and things move slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CDC a good place to work but bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC

    Pros

    socially conscious, good work, nice people

    Cons

    glass ceiling, very bureaucratic, poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good managers not scientists

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Like all jobs, depends on your supervisors

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

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    -Leader in the field
    -Well respected
    -Good pay
    -Federal benefits
    -Security (almost impossible to get fired)

    Cons

    -Government work can happen slowly, bureaucracy
    -New agendas and budgets every year, with new presidents can be major
    -Because cannot fire people, you can end up with unmotivated people (this of course always depends on where you end up)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    CDC, PHLP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC

    Pros

    Exposure to relevant industry practices.

    Cons

    Red tape and federal decision-making processes

  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    The work pressure is low and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    limited career opportunities and compensation is not high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allows you to make a difference and help others

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    Current Employee - Lead Contract Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Contract Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The CDC is a world-class organization that has a very important real world mission of saving lives and protecting people - 24/7 with the stated goal of Safer, Healthier People. Everything you do contributes in some form or fashion to enabling the CDC to achieve its mission, whether it involves science, medicine, or business office operations. The work that CDC does matters...and the corporate culture is very employee centric with emphasis on proper work-life balance and supportive programs for employees such as free well-being counseling, legal consultations, lactation rooms, and elder care support groups. Definitively one of the best federal agencies to work for.

    Cons

    Compensation is restricted to the limits of the OPM General Schedule, Wage Grade, and Senior Executive Service pay levels that may be further influenced by Congress or the President in terms of annual increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the emphasis on work-life balance and keep stressing the importance of the work that CDC employees do...and encourage recognition programs for outstanding employees such as cash awards that help mitigate effects of limited compensation due to the OPM GS/WG/SES limits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDC

    Pros

    I loved the travel and the other employees.

    Cons

    Advancement was slow and I was looking for more.

  10.  

    challenging, occasionally maddening, but with feel-good rewards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    work with very talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. most are very devoted to producing quality outcomes and sought out employment at the CDC. you can produce science that will do a lot of people some good, and you can look back on your career and feel proud.

    Cons

    the politics above and within the CDC will try the most devoted amongst us. the travel will wear down the heartiest road warrior unless you work in a chronic disease position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my opinion, staff could use a bit more freedom to do their jobs without unhelpful politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great Agency, Great Mission, needs to do better Talent Management and Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Pros

    Amazing mission, bright colleagues, rewarding work, flexibility, relatively decent work life balance for some.

    Cons

    Rating system. Management at the Division Director level asks lower levels for program performance information that reflects your work to use in their review. Two layers up gets rewarded for your work while get mediocre ratings for your work. This is especially bad in the Chronic Disease Center. Infectious Diseases has rating practices that aren't as top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the technology skills of the agency and use of technology to accomplish your mission. Rating system is ridiculous. The employee work life on staff psychologists have to deal with dedicated employees who get crushed when they put in 110% and it doesn't make a difference in their pay or rating. Fortunately for most - the people who stay care more about the mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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