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Updated April 12, 2015
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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. ITSO Tier 2 Helpdesk Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment people are nice and easy to work with

    Cons

    There really aren't any id like to discuss

  2. Good place to work

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at CDC as an intern

    Pros

    Nice benefits and lots of smart coworkers who are actually driven to achieve at their jobs! Also nice building too.

    Cons

    Government salary isn't too great and parking is rough!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention but not too much to your teammates. Try to hang out with them but don't annoy them if they don't want to hang out

  3. Great place to work! Nice people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work! Nice people!

    Cons

    Hard to get in, long security process

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  5. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, calm work environment.

    Cons

    Parking is the con on pretty much every campus.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Good experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will surround by very smart people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  8. GREATCOMPANY

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    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Executive in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    huge benefits, great earning potential and endless career opportunities. moneycorp always looks after you

    Cons

    Nothing bad I can mention (so far)

  9. Rewarding professional experience

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration with other federal agencies.

    Cons

    Stressful environment, lengthy administrative procedure, long duration to final products, typical federal government operation.

    Advice to Management

    Fair evaluation

  10. CDC

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    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.

  11. Overall a great experience-

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    Current Employee - PHAP Associate
    Current Employee - PHAP Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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